I have been on a mission to be as Laotian-like as possible. I know I am lagging on my Weekly Lao Food Challenge and I know I don’t speak nearly enough of the Lao language to Humnoy but I think my parents’ mothers would be proud of the other things I do for my baby. For instance, we bed-share and that practice is now being policed by the City of Milwaukee. My favorite page, peaceful parenting asked its fans to post informed comments on a news channel’s page in regards to the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s new campaign to stop the practice of co-sleeping. Here is their campaign statement:
Safe Sleep for Your Baby
The leading cause of infant mortality in the U.S. is primarily due to complications of prematurity. In Milwaukee, the second leading cause is SIDS, which is often related to unsafe sleep. The majority of babies who died of SIDS-related causes in Milwaukee were in an unsafe sleep situation.
The City of Milwaukee Health Department strongly advises parents NOT to share a bed with their infant. This is based on an American Academy of Pediatrics 2005 Policy Statement which states that the “risk of SIDS has been shown to be reduced when the infant sleeps in the same room as the mother,” but the AAP recommends that infants not share a bed with parents or anyone else, due to proven hazards.
The term “co-sleeping” can be confusing, as it is used both to refer to sharing a bed and sharing a room. To clarify the distinction, many pediatric experts now refer to “bed-sharing” (referring to a infant who is sleeping in the same bed, couch, or other surface where parents or others are sleeping), and “room-sharing” (referring to a infant who is sleeping in the parents’ room, but in their own crib or bassinet).
City of Milwaukee Health Department’s Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign
Here is one of their campaign pictures:
I’m not mad at the health department for building hysterics with an extreme propagandist image. I’m not mad that they say bed-sharing is dangerous because there are preventative hazards. I’m mad that they choose not to educate the safe ways to bed-share. I’m mad that I can’t promote the benefits of bed-sharing without getting ridiculed that I’m risking my child’s life. I’m mad because a story of a baby who suffocated in a bed will mean my baby and all other co-sleeping babies around the world will too. Even my kid’s doc touted this noise at me. I’m mad that I have had to defend breastfeeding, cloth diapering, non-vaccinating, and now co-sleeping! What’s next? I have defend my kid being half-Laotian? On the Facebook comments, I put in my sarcastic two-cents when I help defend in Mommy Wars then live and let live. I realize that all parents who are unwilling to consider the opposition are a big waste of time. The same goes for me because if you’re for circumcision, you’re wasting your time trying to convince me of anything! Let’s not even go there with that formula is “just as good” either! Oh, you want to tell me about an epidural? I didn’t ask! I will share my experiences with those who are willing to fully inform themselves but I won’t waste my time and energy if you’re closing yourself off. Ya dig?
What are your thoughts on the City of Milwaukee’s campaign?