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    6 Reasons to Think Twice Before Circumcising Your Baby Boy

    1 – It’s his body.

    Circumcision  is a permanent alteration of the male body – it’s an amputation of foreskin, and it lasts for the rest of his life. Since circumcision isn’t a medically necessary nor a beneficial procedure, this choice about what his penis should look like (and how it should function!) should be left up to him.



    2 – It’s not the norm anymore.

    Depending on which region of the United States you live, it may be more common to find a child who is intact, than one who is circumcised.  Recent statistics show the incidence of circumcision has declined from 56% in 2006 to 32.5% in 2009. The overall average rate of circumcision in the US, as reported in 2009, is 55%. In some states, like Nevada, circumcision rates are as low as 13%!


    3 – Pediatric Organizations do not recommend routine infant circumcision.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics' latest statement on circumcision reads: “data are not sufficient to recommend routine neonatal circumcision." The Canadian Pediatric Society states: “Circumcision of newborns should not be routinely performed.”  The Australian College of Pediatrics' position statement indicates: "Neonatal male circumcision has no medical indication. It is a traumatic procedure performed without anaesthesia to remove a normal and healthy prepuce"


    4 – Intact penises are easy to clean.

    Contrary to what you might have heard, the intact penis is super-simple to care for. Rule #1 – Only Clean What Is Seen. Just like you’d wash a baby’s elbow or finger, wash your baby’s penis along with the rest of his body (mild soap, rinse, done!). There's no need to retract, no special creams, no need to clean differently than any other body part. As your son gets older, and the foreskin naturally separates from the glans, you can talk about more thorough cleaning, but as a baby & child, there’s no extra effort required at all.


    5 – The penis is meant to have foreskin!

    The foreskin is a beneficial part of the penis; it isn’t unnecessary or extra or a problem! It protects the glans from harm and damage, provides increased sensitivity, guards against infection, and provides lubrication during intercourse.


    6 – Circumcision hurts.

    The pain of circumcision can potentially interfere with newborn bonding, breastfeeding, and sleep. Even with anesthesia given during the procedure, there’s still a period of healing to be endured by your new baby. A week with a raw, open wound that is getting urinated and defecated on, stuck to diapers, slathered with Vaseline, and can become infected, on the most sensitive part of a boy’s body is likely something you’d want to keep your child from experiencing in his first days of life – particularly when it’s not a necessity!  Baby's first days should be as peaceful and gentle as possible to ease his transition from inside your womb to outside.



    If you’re researching before making a decision about circumcising your son, thank you (and your son will thank you, too). Here are a few resources which may help you make this important decision:



    What Is Circumcision? http://codenamemama.com/2010/02/22/what-is-circumcision/


    Answers to Your Questions About Your Young Son’s Intact Penis: http://www.nocirc.org/publish/pamphlet4.html


    Whether or Not to Circumcise: http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/pregnancy-childbirth/whether-or-not-circumcise


    Jewish Circumcision Resource Center: http://jewishcircumcision.org/


    Functions of the Foreskin: Purposes of the Prepuce: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/09/functions-of-foreskin-purposes-of.html

    Posted: Sep 07 2011, 18:58 by kelly | Comments (10) RSS comment feed |
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    Momma Jorje United States said:

    Momma JorjeWow... yet again embarrassed to live in SUCH a red state! I've already written to my representative regarding medicaid funding an entirely unnecessary procedure.

    Even our Indian Clinics (also government funded) require you to pay in advance for circumcision yourself.

    # September 07 2011, 21:39

    Rebekah United States said:

    RebekahNice, short, concise, simple, informative post!

    # September 07 2011, 22:33

    kelly @kellynaturally United States said:

    kelly @kellynaturally@Momma Jorje - in which state do you live? I agree that routine non-medically necessary circumcision should be a personal expense.

    @Rebekah - thank you for visiting & reading!

    # September 07 2011, 23:57

    Lauren @ Hobo Mama United States said:

    Lauren @ Hobo MamaThank you! Helpful and informative. I was glad to have an intact husband who led me to question circumcision long before we had sons!

    # September 08 2011, 00:48

    Stefanie United States said:

    StefanieThanks for including the Jewish circ resource! We're a Jewish family that chose a Brit shalom over a Brit milah and we're always happy to find others like us, and raise awareness that some people are indeed foregoing circumcision for their Jewish sons.

    # September 08 2011, 21:21

    kelly @kellynaturally United States said:

    kelly @kellynaturally@Lauren - thanks for stopping by

    @Stefanie - You're welcome, and so glad you stopped by. I was happy to read that there are peaceful alternatives for Jewish parents!

    # September 09 2011, 15:10

    Candice Canada said:

    CandiceWE chose not to circumcise our son, purely on the grounds that it wasn't needed and if  he wasn't supposed to have a foreskin, then he'd be born without one. That seemed logical enough for us.

    # September 09 2011, 17:31

    Sylvia@MaMammalia United States said:

    Sylvia@MaMammaliaSimply and beautifully put! I didn't realize how low the circ rates are in some places in the U.S. I guess more people are catching on...thanks to posts like this :)

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