I work very hard and am attending college to obtain my degree in the Human Service field. Writing makes me feel alive and gives me the opportunity to touch those whom I would not be able to otherwise. Last but not least, I have been blessed with two amazing daughters who love me completely and support my dreams. Feel free to contact me with questions, concerns or feedback.
Lately, we've been hearing about babies losing their lives over co-sleeping arrangements. I have my own thoughts, ideas and suggestions about this particular topic. Feel free to comment and join me in fighting this cause.
Upon the birth of my daughters, I decided to breastfeed. The first couple of weeks are tough, to say the least. After the initial excruciating pain, you get through it and enjoy the bonding. My daughter's father and I had the agreement that when baby woke during the night, he would bring her to me, I would feed and then he would return her to her crib. There were times when we did co-sleep. I would lie on my left side facing the wall, he would support my back lying on his. The baby would sleep on my side only, never between us. There may have been times when we napped together, but we were both coherent enough to wake if baby stirred.
I am sure many of you are unaware, but the City of Milwaukee has many programs to assist parents in need. From free birth control to portable cribs, services are available to those within certain income guidelines. Many parents have utilized these services and will continue to do so. Many safe sleeping ads have been placed, not only along different Boulevards within the city, but also on television and the internet as well.
Despite the fight, innocent, precious babies are losing their lives. We can continue to fool ourselves or we can get real about the situation.
A certain Alderman recently stated that we must hold individuals accountable for the loss of lives. We must no longer allow adults within the infants households to go free.
I don't know about you, but I am sick and tired of reading about how Grandma, Dad or Mom chose to put the infant in harms way. With all of the services granted to most of these families, it's time to look at how much they've received in assistance, including a free crib and take action.
We cannot force parents to parent. We cannot force them to stay sober. We cannot force them to put their babies in a safe place to sleep. Yet, we can force them to face the consequences of their actions.
It is time to charge these individuals, every single one of them with criminal behaviors. It is time to remove the other children from the homes and allow them the opportunity to be raised with individuals who will ensure their safety. It is time to stop using our hard earned taxpayer dollars to support and allow this behavior to continue for one more moment.
To the parents who have co-slept safely with their children, good for you. It is within your right to do so. If you feel at all exhausted or have had any prescription drugs or any form of alcohol, please put your children to sleep in a safe place. Hire a babysitter or ask a trusted adult to care for your precious gift. It is never too late to make changes to ensure the safety and well being of all within your household.