Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Pure Baby - What Does That Mean? (PART FOUR)


During our third baby’s pregnancy, I was diligent in caring for myself and for our unborn little baby.  Our DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) nutritionist guided me toward the healthiest options for vitamins during my pregnancy.  Additionally, I ate only organic food and avoided all exposure to chemicals and vaccinations.  Even though I am Rh Negative (and my husband is Rh Positive), I refused the Rhogam injection during my third pregnancy.  It seems that giving Rhogam during pregnancy is actually an American pharmaceutical company money-making technique, as European countries only give Rhogam to Rh Negative moms after birth and then only if the baby is Rh Positive.  (Pharmaceutical companies are claiming that 70% of babies born to Rh Negative Moms and Rh Positive Dads will be Rh Positive.  In our family, only my firstborn is Rh Positive.  My second and third babies are Rh Negative.  I guess we must not be participating in those statistics!)    Our third baby is Rh Negative like me, so I never required a Rhogam injection with his pregnancy.  It is important to remember that not only does Rhogam contain “trace mercury” but it also contains other preservatives and is a blood product.  Additionally, through my third pregnancy, I used Natural Progesterone Cream to help build a healthy and smart baby.  Studies have shown that babies exposed to Natural Progesterone Cream during gestation have much higher IQ’s than babies who are not exposed to Natural Progesterone Cream.

Although born in a hospital, our third baby’s birth was both non-medicated and free of intervention.  I originally was hoping for a home birth, but due to my husband’s apprehension (and a bit of my own fear), I ended up birthing in a natural-birth-friendly hospital.  Our third baby’s labor was the first labor for which I was not induced!  He was our first baby who was allowed to be born when he was ready.  And wow, his labor was so easy compared to that of his brothers!  I did not begin feeling truly uncomfortable until 20 minutes prior to our third baby’s birth, which is about the time that I entered transition.  The pushing stage of his birth lasted only a quick seven minutes!  The Pure Baby (PB) cuddled with me immediately and began breastfeeding in his first couple minutes.  He began his life of co-sleeping on his first night in the hospital, sleeping beside me in my hospital bed.  I mostly chose to co-sleep at the hospital so that PB would not be taken from me by the nurses and “accidentally” given a vaccination.  I know of cases where that has happened, so I knew that I needed to be vigilantly protective of my baby.  I made absolutely sure that my third baby never left my sight!

Soon after his birth, PB was found to have a posterior tongue-tie.  Ugh.  That was not a fun thing for our sweet little one.  After not regaining his birth weight, our lactation consultant looked into PB’s mouth and diagnosed his posterior tongue-tie.  It was apparently preventing him from getting a good latch while breastfeeding, thus greatly limiting his intake of breast milk.  The lactation consultant sent us to a local surgeon, who clipped PB’s posterior tongue-tie.  It ended up being only a partial clip, but the procedure greatly and immediately increased PB’s breastfeeding technique!  Since there was remaining tongue-tie and the local surgeon was apprehensive, we followed up with a second posterior tongue-tie clipping (at three months) by a well-known tongue-tie clipping surgeon in New York.

During his first few weeks, PB wore Tushies disposable diapers, which contain neither gel nor bleach.  He then transitioned to cloth diapers, which is what he is wearing today.  PB also uses cloth wipes.  For bath, PB uses an organic baby wash.  After bath, we massage him with organic baby oil.

In compliance with his religious vaccination exemption, PB has received no vaccinations.  He has been co-sleeping since his first night. At 21 months, he continues to be an avid breast feeder, in addition to eating a diet of organic foods.  He loves to play but still spends much of his day baby-wearing or in my arms.

Toys have been a big concern of ours, considering most toys are sadly made in China.  China is just not known for safe and healthy products, so we avoid China-made toys for PB.  We have found non-toxic and lead-free toy choices in the European toy brands such as Playmobil, Lego, and Haba.   PB has loved his Haba teethers.  Another of his favorite European toys is Sophie the Giraffe!

All of this is why we call him THE PURE BABY!  We’ve tried to do everything right for him, thus keeping him pure and healthy!  He is happy and amazing and smart and full of delightful little chatter! 

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