RAISING BABIES BY THE BOOK
The teachings of Preparaton for Parenting, a parenting program written by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo, founders of the Chatsworth, California-based Growing Families International, contrast with those taught by the 53,000-member American Academy of Pediatrics, the world's largest organization of pediatricians.
||What the Ezzos Teach...
|Concerning Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
||They question scientific findings which indicate laying an infant down on its back may reduce the chance of SIDS.
||Research shows babies sleeping on their backs or sides are at a lower rate for SIDS.
|On feeding a baby
||They warn parents of "demand feeding'' infants, saying it may produce a "high-need,'' baby with symptoms of colic (excessive unexplained crying), instability in sleep and feeding cycles, perpetual need for comfort nursing, limited self-play adeptness, a demanding toddler and a tired mother, among other things.
Breastfed and bottlefed babies should be treated differently
Breastfed babies should be fed more frequently than their bottlefed counterparts, particluarly whenever they provide signals such a nuzzling, making sucking motions, fussing or crying, commonly known as `demand feeding.'
||Characterized by unexplained bouts of intense crying, they say the condition is more prevalant in babies fed on demand. No research references are cited.
||Demand-feeding is not cited as a cause nor is any relationship established between colic and demand breastfeeding.
|On a mother's ability to produce breastmilk
||They say longer periods of time between breastfeeding, to a certain degree, will create an increase in milk production in the mother.
||The milk-producing hormone prolactin is released while breastfeeding and breastfeeding more frequently causes her to make more milk.
|On letting babies cry
||They say parents should not respond immediately to a baby's cries, but should instead check on the baby every 15 minutes. A baby may be left to cry to avoid a "predisposition to immediate gratification.''
||The best way to handle crying is to respond promptly to the infant during the first few months. You cannot spoil a young baby by giving him attention; and if you answer his calls for help, he'll cry less overall.
|On determining if an infant is getting enough
||They suggest counting the number of wet diapers, in addition to watching for other signs.
||Wet and soiled diapers should be counted, in addition to watching for possible signs of dehydration including a sunken in soft-spot, no tears when crying or lethargy.
Information taken from 'Preparation for Parenting,' a course written by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo and 'Your Baby and Young Child, Ages Birth to 5,' published by the 53,000-member American Academy of Pediatrics.