Did anybody see that the AAP changed their stance on circumcision again? I wish they would pick a firm stance and stand behind it.
Personally, we decided that circumcision wasn't for us. We did base that partially on the AAP's recommendation at the time my son was born. I don't regret our decision, but I do worry some times.
What do you think about the AAP's flip-flop, and does it have an effect on what you'll be doing, or on how you feel about the decision you made?
The AAP did not have an effect on my choice. It was the research I did that I came up with the fact that having him circumcized outweighed the risk of him not being circ.Although it does kinda worry me that the AAP would continue to change their decision. Makes me kinda wonder what else they have changed back and forth.
What is the AAP's stance? I just went with my husband's opinion. I floated the idea of not circumcising our son and he was adamant that our son would be made fun of in the locker room (though of course that's probably not true given the number of uncircumcised boys out there now). I probably should have looked into it at least a little!
Only reason people say its bad (based on my experience) is because they say the way the hospital straps the babies into a table then cut it without any asthetic.I saw my son get circ'd. They put a drop of something on his penis then cut it. He didnt cry but he did sleep alot afterwards, which was hard on me breastfeeding and all. I did research and I saw that uncirc'd boys are more prone to UTI and prostate cancer etc. its all based on your decision. Most women wait till their child can make the decision themselves, but as a grown man would tell you. It is very painful to get circ'd therefore they wont do it.
I told my husband it was really up to him b/c that's a department that he would know way more about. But if there is a good reason, medically why it's bad I definatly want to discuss this with my husband before we go to the hospital. I just know that, like you said, there are medical problems (UTI's, Increased risk for STD's, etc.) Thank you for your reply. I just don't understand why they would say it's bad.
I'm sorry but you are lying. Your son did cry. I worked in a hospital and 100% of them cry, some more than others. I'm not stating an opinion on to circumcise or not but don't mislead people to think their son may not cry. He will cry because it does hurt.
A lot of the guys on my moms side of the family are not circumcised, ranging from ages 2-35... I've never heard of any issues w/ them (and the way this family is, word gets around!). We chose to circumcise our boys b/c their Dad wouldn't have it any other way.
It does really bother me that AAP constantly changes their mind about everything ranging from how a baby should sleep, what age to offer certain foods, car seat safety, etc. I have come to the conclusion that based on my own research, safety, and our unique needs is how I will make my decisions. Over the years, I've realized that even doctors treating our children sometimes don't know what they are doing... so, I always trust my motherly instinct first.
When I had my first son, we decided not to get him circumsized. After much discussion with family members who was for circumcision, we decided to get him the procedure. We spoke to an urologist. He said we would have to get him circumsized either right at birth, when they don't remember, or wait til 7 or 8 and do give a local anesthesia. At 3 months, it would be very painful for the baby, and they would have to give him general anesthesia. The doctor also mentioned that only in the US is this a topic, most places men are not circumsized. But with great care and cleaning, the uncircumsized boys/men should not have any more health problems than circumsized ones.
I think we need to leave our son's intact and whole, and not take something away from them in which they have no choice in the matter. It is their bodies, therefore it should be their decision when they are older. We are one of the only countries who does this IMO cruel thing to our boys. It is NOT a medically necessary thing to have done. We do not start cutting body parts off of our girls when they are born. What if we started cutting off women's labia's because they are found to be "unclean" and unattractive? Just think about it, educate yourself, and do a little research on the matter....
We got our son circumcised and will also get our son on the way circumcised. My husband insisted on it also, but I completely agreed. Sure it seems cruel but they took my son away to do it, I was nervous, but by the time they returned him, which didn't take long, he was peacefully asleep, and had already forgotten about it. So it was done and everything was fine. Doesn't mean I love him less for having this done to him lol. When people have strong opinions on things you would swear they think anyone who disagrees loves their children less or something the way they react to it. Nobody's stance, AAP included, is going to change my mind about any of the decisions I make for my children, because it's ultimately my decision and I have a right to my reasons just like everyone else. Whether we agree with eachother or not.