Is Mom Co-sleeping with Baby Child Abuse? A Safe Time-Honored Tradition Now Used to Kidnap BabiesAs long as parents have been having children, babies and parents have been sleeping together. "Co-sleeping," as it is called now, has been a normal part of life across the majority of the world's cultures, throughout all of human history. It is only in modern times that babies have been expected to sleep in a crib, separated from the warmth and comfort of their mothers' breasts. Now, the practice is frowned upon by some doctors and experts, and it is even being used as justification for Child Protective Services (CPS) to take babies away from their parents. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly warns against co-sleeping, and some have termed it "child abuse," connecting it to SIDS and even perversion and sexual abuse. These assertions fly in the face of the attachment parenting model as well as the practices of millions of parents world-wide. Proponents of co-sleeping cite many valid health and emotional benefits of co-sleeping. How do we separate fact from myth? More importantly, how do we protect children? Are they truly at a greater risk of dying by sleeping in their parents' bed? At what point does the risk of them being seized by CPS and taken away from their parents outweigh the benefits of co-sleeping? Michaeleen Doucleff of NPR recently addressed many of these issues in a well-documented article entitled, "Is Sleeping With Your Baby As Dangerous As Doctors Say?" She points out that the studies used to show the danger to babies from co-sleeping are misleading, because they lump all co-sleepers together. They fail to differentiate between parents who are drunk or high on drugs and normal, low-risk parents who sleep with their babies. Information that should be used for recommending safer practices are instead being used to demonize good, loving parents. It has come to the point where parents who co-sleep can no longer risk posting their photos of mommy or daddy sleeping with their baby on social media. There have been cases where innocent, sweet photos, like those that many of us have in our photo albums from an earlier time in history, have been reported to Child Protective Services.
Is Mom Co-sleeping with Baby Child Abuse? A Safe Time-Honored Tradition Now Used to Kidnap Babies
- I am a father of 12 kids from 6 mommas. 8 girls and 4 boys. Each of these mothers had different lifestyles. Some did drugs and consumed alcohol after birth and some didnt do anything. All mothers slept with their babies and always had a crib when needing space. Most of the time the mothers slept with the child is because of feeding and settling the babies down so they can have comfort for to slide into a sleep. Some mothers slept with their children for many years. Mostly because the child was insistent and the mother was too tired from work to argue this hardly harmful issue. How can a mother breast feed a child in the middle of the night?
- CPS uses ANY THING to create a negative opinion for anything positive. Babies and children need comfort any time they need it. CPS can not provide comfort at all in any foster home. A child with any person who is not father or mother knows the differences. This causes stress and questions and then the child goes into survival mode.
- 50 years ago, I had a bad dream and went to my moms side of her bed. Dad was on the other side. I went inside the covers and mom said, whats wrong? I told her of the dream. She replied, that dreams are like movies so not to worry about it. But your 4 years old and you are too old to be in our bed. That was the last time. This stuff about babies dying in bed happens. But mostly because of some odd thing happening. Before we had homes and apartments, many were living in dirt floored homes or a tent or a wagon or someplace covered. All slept together to keep warm. Warmth and comfort creates health. Doctors now days have insurance policies to protect them from being sued from their errors. So, in my opinion, not seeing a doctor in over 8 years, stay away from doctors. They are misguided and live in an oblivious way of life accepting the information from others to create a status among their friends and workers.
There is no harm in sleeping with your babies.....and Im sure the billion years of our history proves this to be true.