I have been saying that swaddling is extremely harmful for infants for many years. Now, the mainstream is finally catching on, although the media seem bent on making it seem unreasonable that this dangerous practice is now being banned in day care centers.
Swaddling is a straight-up trauma-based mind-control technique in which infants are prevented from moving, sometimes with a pacifier in their mouth to additionally prevent them from making any sounds. Swaddled infants have extremely high levels of cortisol in their brains and are not sleeping. They are in parasympathetic shock.
Using swaddling to try to quiet a traumatized, abandoned, terrified infant is a very dangerous practice that will compound the trauma and lead to life-long problems.
The swaddling of infants needs to end now.
Ban on Swaddling Throws Day Cares Into Chaos
"Is swaddling dangerous? As day care centers around the country start to ban the widely accepted practice, the jobs of caretakers are getting much more difficult. Unswaddled infants, they say, are harder to soothe, sleep less, and require more one-on-one attention.
The controversial ban stems from findings that improper swaddling, which can happen in institutional settings like day care centers, may cause hip dysplasia or put infants at risk for suffocation and is based on an advisory from several public health organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics. But not all experts are falling into line with it; Dr. Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, told the Huffington Post that a strong case against swaddling has not yet been proven."
"Subject: swaddling revisited
From: Rachel Myr
Reply-To: Lactation Information and Discussion <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003
There's swaddling and then there's Swaddling, as practiced in Russia from
birth onwards and in many other countries where then-Soviet birth culture
In the March issue of Acta Paediatrica (the one with Lisa Amir's cover photo
and her great article on duration of BF correlating with prenatal intent to
BF :-)) there is an article about a study done in St. Petersburg, Russia, in
collaboration with many of the foremost Swedish breastfeeding researchers
alive. They compared body temperatures in babies swaddled and laid in cots,
swaddled and held in mother's arms, clothed and laid in cots, clothed and
held in mother's arms, and babies left skin-to-skin on mother's bare chest.
All these treatments were carried out in the first two hours post partum and
they controlled well for confounders.
They measured skin temperature in one axilla, on the back, thigh and foot, I
think. The foot and the axilla were definitely two of the points, at any
rate. What they found was that the swaddled babies had colder feet than any
other group. The skin-to-skin group had the warmest feet. Body temp
otherwise was within normal range for all babies. The reduced foot
temperature in the swaddled babies persisted for days. They believe that
the difference in foot temperature between the groups cannot be explained by
temperature conservation alone, but that the swaddled babies had higher
cortisol levels and the s-t-s babies had the lowest, implying that lying
naked on mother's body was the most energy efficient way of helping babies
recover from the normal stress of being born. Higher foot temp was believed
to come from better perfusion of the extremities due to vasodilation. The
duration of the lowered foot temp in the tightly swaddled babies could
indicate that this increase in cortisol production is long lasting. Also
worth noting is that in both groups observed in cots or in mother's arms,
the babies in cots were colder than babies held in mother's arms.
John Kennell wrote a commentary to this study, published in the same issue
of Acta Paediatrica, saying what you'd expect one of the first researchers
to notice bonding as a survival process to say. Worth reading as much as
the study is.
When I read this article I realized that we are always looking for
nutritional explanations for the impaired health of babies who are not
breastfed. But simply being born in a culture that separates mother and
baby immediately post partum, and 'allows' them to be together as long as
their skins barely touch, could have implications for our blood pressure and
even our insulin metabolism for the rest of our lives. I believe
breastfeeding would mitigate the effects of such unphysiologic care, but it
would be far better if we regained some respect for what newborns and
mothers really need, and changed our way of 'caring' for them to reflect
those needs. Simply placing a baby under a warming lamp is an insult to
both baby and mother - as though the only thing mother is good for, is
This tight swaddling from birth onwards is not very much like the swaddling
shown on the 'miracle blanket' website. My hesitancy about the blanket is
more from the marketing (implying babies ought to sleep all night from a
very, very young age, inter alia) than from the swaddling as it is shown
here. Also, they spelled dysplasia 'displacia' when boasting that the
blanket won't inhibit development of hips and knees - that always weakens my
confidence in a product.
still feeling warm to the tips of my own toes after attending a beautiful,
normal home birth two nights ago, where baby stayed naked on mother's body
til after her first feed was completed - about two hours post partum.
Baby's axillary temp was 36.9 C (98.4 F) at two hours and her toes were warm
and pink. She had by then been suckling with audible swallows most of the
time, for about 80 minutes."