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In this issue of Attached Family, we take a look at the cultural explosion of breastfeeding advocacy, as well as the challenges still to overcome. API writer Sheena Sommers begins this issue with “The Real Breastfeeding Story,” including …

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1. Pregnancy & Birth

Fertility and conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and the early postpartum period.

2. The Infant

From newborn to 17 months.

3. The Toddler

From 18 months to age 3.

4. The Growing Child

From age 4 to age 9.

5. The Adolescent

From age 10 to age 18.

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Attachment Parenting International’s (R)Evolution: An interview with cofounders Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker
Wednesday, 17 Sep, 2014 – 16:44 | No Comment

By Julie Artz, originally published in Summer 2008 issue of API’s newsletter
I’ve interviewed some big names in my writing life, so I was surprised at how nervous I felt at the prospect of interviewing Attachment …

World Breastfeeding Week 2014: Parent Support Deserts in the USA
Thursday, 7 Aug, 2014 – 10:00 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, Editor of Attached Family magazine, API’s Publications Coordinator
What this year’s celebration of World Breastfeeding Week is really about—more than updating the status on breastfeeding acceptance or increasing understanding for mothers who are …

World Breastfeeding Week 2014: The History of Formula Use
Wednesday, 6 Aug, 2014 – 10:00 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, Editor of Attached Family magazine, API’s Publications Coordinator

I am very much a breastfeeding advocate, but I hesitate to vilify formula. I myself have bottle-fed two of my three babies with some formula. …

World Breastfeeding Week 2014: A Mom-Inspired Milk Bank
Tuesday, 5 Aug, 2014 – 10:00 | 2 Comments

By Kathleen Mitchell-Askar
A mother on a mission can do amazing things, especially when working with an equally passionate parent support advocate.
Nancy Mohrbacher, a La Leche League (LLL) leader in Chicago, Illinois, USA, said it was …

World Breastfeeding Week 2014: When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Work
Monday, 4 Aug, 2014 – 10:00 | No Comment

By Lisa Lord, Assistant Editor of Attached Family magazine
When a woman makes the choice to breastfeed, she usually doesn’t anticipate that it won’t work. After all, we are told that almost everyone can breastfeed—and this …

World Breastfeeding Week 2014: Nature’s Case for Breastfeeding
Sunday, 3 Aug, 2014 – 10:00 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, API Leader, Editor of Attached Family magazine, API’s Publications Coordinator
For so many women, breastfeeding was the turning point for our journey into Attachment Parenting. And one organization that many of us have …

World Breastfeeding Week 2014: Breastfeed Chicago!
Saturday, 2 Aug, 2014 – 10:00 | No Comment

By Patricia Mackie, MS, LPC, API Professionals Coordinator
Public breastfeeding can infuriate us, scare us, make us feel ashamed or empower us. For one Chicago mom, it empowered her to take action and create an organization …

World Breastfeeding Week 2014: The Real Breastfeeding Story
Friday, 1 Aug, 2014 – 10:00 | No Comment

By Sheena Sommers, MA
The recent controversies generated by depictions of Attachment Parenting in the Western media and elsewhere have revealed a fairly astounding degree of misinformation about infant and child development. Most especially, the media’s …

Generation AP: An Interview with Patricia Mackie
Tuesday, 27 May, 2014 – 8:38 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, API’s publications coordinator, managing editor of Attached Family magazine and an API Leader (Hastings, Nebraska, USA).
In celebration of Attachment Parenting International’s 20th Anniversary, we are pleased to present two series of interviews …

The Chemistry of Attachment
Thursday, 22 May, 2014 – 3:54 | 2 Comments

By Linda Folden Palmer, DC, member of API’s Editorial Review Board and author of The Baby Bond (
Human babies are born helpless, needing to be entirely cared for and protected. Luckily, they are born with …

API Announces “Voices of Breastfeeding” Double Edition of Attached Family
Monday, 19 May, 2014 – 23:38 | No Comment

New Magazine Issue Advocates for Increased Support of Compassionate Infant-Feeding Choices
In honor of the millions of women who have come together throughout history to support one another in motherhood, Attachment Parenting International (API) is pleased …

How Parents Can Support Their Budding Performers: An Interview with Actress Elisa Llamido
Tuesday, 13 May, 2014 – 11:41 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, API’s publications coordinator, managing editor of Attached Family magazine, and an API Leader (Hastings, Nebraska, USA)
From the beginning, 20 years ago, Attachment Parenting International has been a community of parents coming together …

Every Birth is Natural
Wednesday, 23 Apr, 2014 – 3:34 | One Comment

By Kelly Coyle DiNorcia, API Leader. Originally published in the 2009 “New Baby” issue of Attached Family magazine
When I became pregnant with my daughter, I had every intention of having a “natural” childbirth. I wanted …

The Importance of Sharing Birth Stories
Wednesday, 23 Apr, 2014 – 2:59 | No Comment

By Tamara Parnay. Originally published in the 2009 “New Baby” issue of Attached Family magazine.
Birthing is a hugely important subject for parents and parents-to-be. We have a great deal to learn from and share with …

The Beauty of Breastfeeding: An Interview with Photographer Christine Santos
Thursday, 17 Apr, 2014 – 3:22 | 2 Comments

In May 2013, a Kickstarter campaign was launched to raise funds for an innovative art exhibit featuring the work of photographer Christine Santos: “Nursing is Natural … Naturally Beautiful.” This exhibit was intended to revolutionize …

Navigating Military Life with API’s Eight Principles of Parenting
Thursday, 10 Apr, 2014 – 3:00 | 3 Comments

By Kathryn Abbott, API Leader. Kathryn led an API Support Group in Skagit County, WA, in 2011-2012 and then served as a Co-Leader for San Diego County API in 2012-2013. She plans to start a new …

Feeding the Whole Family: An Interview with Cynthia Lair of Cookus Interruptus
Wednesday, 26 Mar, 2014 – 5:14 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, API’s publications coordinator, managing editor of Attached Family magazine and an API Leader (Hastings, Nebraska, USA). Originally published in the “Feeding Our Children” 2009 issue of Attached Family.
My mother has a PhD …

Peggy O’Mara: An Interview
Friday, 7 Mar, 2014 – 3:40 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family magazine, API’s Publications Coordinator and API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska).
As it turns out with so many of the most amazing people I have been privileged to write …

Birth Story Guidelines
Wednesday, 12 Feb, 2014 – 4:39 | No Comment

Share Your Birth Story

Parents, we invite you to share your childbirth experiences. Sharing birth stories can empower parents to educate others, to break down barriers and help others become more accepting of experiences very different …

Spotlight On: Birth, Breath and Death
Wednesday, 15 Jan, 2014 – 0:39 | No Comment

An interview with author Amy Wright Glenn about her book Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula.
Tell us about your book.
Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and …

How a Child’s Identity Schema is Related to Self-Regulation
Thursday, 5 Sep, 2013 – 3:04 | 9 Comments

By Denise Durkin, M.A., early childhood mental health consultant and self-regulation specialist,
We know that when we engage children personally over time through our warm, sincere, kind and playful interest in them and their activities, …

Tomorrow is the Last Day He is Four
Tuesday, 25 Jun, 2013 – 3:23 | 3 Comments

By Emily Cherkin, originally published on, reprinted with permission from Ashoka.
This morning, it snowed in Seattle.  And it reminded me of the night Max was born, almost exactly five years ago, when it was …

A Breech Birth Story
Sunday, 12 May, 2013 – 7:14 | 2 Comments

By Sarah Occident
Natural childbirth has always been fascinating to me. There is something so beautiful about bringing forth life the same way millions of women around the world have throughout the ages. So when we …

Peace at Home: Military Families Embrace Attachment Parenting
Friday, 5 Apr, 2013 – 1:36 | One Comment

By Kit Jenkins, babywearing educator for Babywearing International, communications coordinator for API and a co-founder of The Carrying On Project,
One of the best things about Attachment Parenting is the consistency in all of its …

The Emotions of Pregnancy and New Motherhood
Tuesday, 26 Feb, 2013 – 5:08 | No Comment

By Joy Davy, MS, LCPC, NCC, licensed professional counselor specializing in perinatal mood disorders,
The joy of motherhood is the subject of much art and idealistic images. Our expectation that the arrival of a baby …