So this past monday, October 20 2014, I discovered via anatomy ultrasound that the Ramzi Theory was indeed correct for me and that I'm due to have a BOY sometime in March 2015! I was (& still am) over the moon in joy over it! Most of you who know me personally already know my stance on RIC (Routine Infant Circumcision) & know why I will be keeping my precious baby whole & intact. It did occur to me however that some of you have no idea that I wouldn't be & in fact don't know the risks of circumcision, the benefits of foreskin, or the fact that you don't even have to get it done (YES, it's NOT a requirement; NO, the benefits do NOT outweigh the risks *coughcoughAApcoughcough*)...so I decided that today's blog will be about precisely that....or rather some of the bigger and main reasons WHY I feel the way I do.
The most obvious reason to why I will not be circumcising my son is quite simple: not my body, not my choice. I wouldn't have liked it if my parents had chosen for me to get circumcised (oh yes, female circumcision was legal in America until 1997) so why should I do it to my son? I strongly believe that everyone should have total bodily autonomy. When my children are grown & turned into adults they may get circumcised, tattoos, body piercings, or any body modifications they choose for themselves. Because it is their RIGHT to be who they are and do what they like to their body. Plain and simple.
That's right. It's not. Are there medical benefits to circumcision? No. In fact you can read national medical statements from around the world & I highly recommend you do so. Many also believe that circumcision is needed to prevent penile cancer, but in reality the odds of a girl getting vulvar cancer are much higher. Psychology Today also wrote a fantastic 8 part series on circumcision including "More Circumcision Myths you may believe: Hygiene & STDs".
Yup, breastfeeding is another main reason why I wouldn't even consider it. Establishing a good latch & milk supply can be a struggle on their own, so why would I want to add even more stress by adding circumcision to the list? Think about it. How willing to eat would you be after having your genitals mutilated, most likely without anesthesia mind you....imagine being a little baby with a bloody open wound on your junk, with urine and feces coming into contact. Yeah, that would be a problem, wouldn't it? If that thought isn't enough then I suggest you read the following:
- Circumcision and Breastfeeding Letter to LLLI, from Leaven, Vol. 36 No. 5, October-November 2000, pp. 94-95
- The Effects of Circumcision on Breastfeeding (September 2002) Position Statement from the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers
- Circumcision, Breastfeeding, and Maternal Bonding from the Circumcision Information and Resource Pages