So anyone who knows me even "this" much knows I am what might be called an attachment parent, a granola mom, whatever. I am of the thinking that babies do what they need to do, eventually they develop out of some of the more annoying baby behaviors and this "baby" time is super, super short so just go with the flow (with some complaining about lack of sleep to your Facebook friends).
I read a comment on some parenting site that said something like...."the best way to care for your baby is to act as if you would if you and the baby were on a deserted island (so no westernized baby junk within arm's reach)....breastfeed, sleep with your baby, wear your baby."
And I would add to that "don't circumcise your sons."
Sure Tom Hanks was his own dentist in Cast Away and whacked away at his tooth with a blunt instrument, but that was a movie, and he was in pain and couldn't eat. He really didn't have an option.
But penile skin that is just sitting there. Not hurting anything.
Well, it should be left alone.
Now lots of people still circumcise their sons, and they are well within their rights. They aren't asking me to apply Neosporin to their son's mangled penis or foot the $200 bill for the procedure, so I shouldn't really care, but I do.
The reason I care is because parents need to be FULLY INFORMED by their doctors as to the considerable risks and limited benefits. They need to see the contraption that holds their baby down. They need to watch a video of the procedure before it is done on their child (just as men have to watch a video of a vasectomy before they give their informed consent.)
And after all this, they still feel strongly that it is what they want for their child, then I am a little more "ok" with their decision.
But I feel quite certain that most people who make this choice for their sons don't give it even a minute's thought.