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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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Articles in 2. The Infant

Tips to Dealing with Acting-Out Behavior
Monday, 27 Jun, 2011 – 16:41 | 8 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Earlier this year, I attended a day session put on by the Appelbaum Training Institute in Omaha, Nebraska USA. The purpose of this session was …

The Link between Breastfeeding and Mental Health
Tuesday, 7 Jun, 2011 – 17:48 | 2 Comments

By Kathleen Mitchell-Askar, Pregnancy & Birth and Feeding Editor for The Attached Family
A study published in the April 2010 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics by The Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study suggests that …

Stripping the Layers of Advice
Tuesday, 7 Jun, 2011 – 17:17 | 11 Comments

By Carrie Kerr, Safe Sleep Editor for The Attached Family
My grandma was working on writing a book when I was a teenager. The subject was music. She never finished the manuscript, so I can’t be …

The Use — and Abuse — of Attachment Research in Family Courts
Wednesday, 18 May, 2011 – 9:41 | 10 Comments

By Peter Ernest Haiman, PhD, reprinted with permission,
An enormous amount of exceedingly important, valid, and reliable research on child development has been published in the last half century. Unfortunately, very little of this information …

Embracing Positive Discipline’s Challenges
Tuesday, 19 Apr, 2011 – 11:28 | 11 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader of API of East Portland, Oregon USA
Positive discipline doesn’t come instinctively for many people. In fact, that’s why most parents endeavor in positive discipline in the first …

Spotlight On: Balboa Baby
Thursday, 31 Mar, 2011 – 13:27 | No Comment

API: Tell us, exactly what is Balboa Baby?
BALBOA BABY: Balboa Baby is a relative newcomer to the juvenile industry, having been established in 2007 with the introduction of an adjustable baby sling. This was followed …

The “See One, Teach One, Do One” Approach to Teaching
Wednesday, 23 Mar, 2011 – 17:13 | 2 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader for Portland API, Oregon USA
Teaching children practical life skills takes more time than we usually think.  It’s common for parents to get frustrated with kids who …

Spotlight On: Camp Common Ground
Sunday, 23 Jan, 2011 – 18:38 | 2 Comments

API: Tell us, exactly what is Camp Common Ground?
CAROLE BLANE: I am a Leader of an Attachment Parenting International group in New Jersey and also the Program Coordinator at Camp Common Ground in Vermont. I …

What’s the Big Deal with CIO?
Monday, 3 Jan, 2011 – 20:58 | 37 Comments

By Margaret Chuong-Kim, MA
Among parents of infants these days, there is constant debate about how to respond to a baby’s cries. On one hand, there are proponents of the “cry it out” method, where the …

A Touch Today for a Better Tomorrow
Monday, 3 Jan, 2011 – 20:32 | One Comment

By Danielle Buffardi, Nurturing Touch Editor for The Attached Family magazine
Beginning in the womb, your child becomes used to your touch. The swishing of the amniotic fluid and your gentle movements sway your child within …

A Lullaby Massage Riddle
Monday, 3 Jan, 2011 – 20:21 | No Comment

By Sybil L. Hart, PhD, author of Lullaby Massage
Who would be the last parent to get voted off the island? Would our champ be the one able to take a pair of toddlers camping and …

The Daycare Dilemma
Tuesday, 2 Nov, 2010 – 19:49 | 30 Comments

By Jan Hunt, founder/director of The Natural Child Project,
It’s always a dilemma for me to know just how to address the subject of substitute care, because there is such a gap in our culture …

Does My Baby Need Routine Sleep Time?
Wednesday, 8 Sep, 2010 – 17:15 | 12 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,
Q: I get a lot of advice that babies and children do better if they have a routine way of doing everything, especially sleep time. …

Helping Children Become Independent
Wednesday, 25 Aug, 2010 – 1:46 | 3 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
There are some things that simply drive us parents crazy: One is when your child insists on doing something that you want to …

API Parenting Support Survey: Parents Crave Local Support
Saturday, 7 Aug, 2010 – 9:47 | 2 Comments

A 2009 online survey by Attachment Parenting International revealed that parents around the world are hungry for support and education in their Attachment Parenting choices. Results from the survey clarify API’s role in providing this support.
This …

Interaction and Relationships in Breastfeeding Families: Interview with Dr. Keren Epstein-Gilboa
Wednesday, 14 Jul, 2010 – 20:15 | 23 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Having nursed one child and not the other, I can say with confidence that there is something truly magical about the breastfeeding relationship. So much …

Spotlight On: Snuggle Me Cushion
Wednesday, 14 Jul, 2010 – 19:56 | 4 Comments

Interviews by Rita Brhel, executive editor of The Attached Family
No doubt you saw the two Snuggle Me Cushions included in the Spring 2010 Giveaway through the New Baby edition of The Attached Family magazine.
Shell Rasmussen, …

Ensuring Peaceful Nights with Your Baby
Tuesday, 29 Jun, 2010 – 5:23 | 8 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,
We cosleep with our baby, but she keeps waking up every hour or two to breastfeed. I put her to sleep at 7  p.m., and she …

The Breastfeeding Father
Tuesday, 29 Jun, 2010 – 4:36 | 10 Comments

By Jarold Johnston, CNM, IBCLC
Dad’s job is to take over the job of the lactation consultant when the family goes home from the hospital. The father is who will be available to answer questions at …

How Does Your Baby Sleep?
Tuesday, 22 Jun, 2010 – 18:02 | 7 Comments

By Pinky McKay, IBCLC, CIMI, author of Sleeping Like a Baby,
Just like us, each baby is unique and needs a different amount of sleep. Even within the same family, we can have “high energy” …

#1 on the Breastfeeding Team –> Daddy
Tuesday, 22 Jun, 2010 – 17:56 | 5 Comments

By Jarold Johnston, CNM, IBCLC
As a midwife, lactation consultant, and father of seven beautiful breastfed babies, I’m often asked to share my perspectives with new parents. First, let me say, I have found through personal …

The Grandparent Challenge
Wednesday, 2 Jun, 2010 – 20:27 | 12 Comments

By Sonya Fehér, contributing editor for the API Speaks blog, leader for API of South Austin, Texas, USA, and blogger at
How many of us arrived at Attachment Parenting because we wanted to parent differently …

Infant Massage, Demystified (& Interview with massage therapist Robin Gillies)
Wednesday, 19 May, 2010 – 11:50 | No Comment

By Robin Gillies, LMT, 
The secret of infant massage, in my opinion and experience, is this: Mothers and fathers – especially those who practice Attachment Parenting and therefore really in touch with their children – will know instinctively how to …

The Danger of Pharmaceuticals
Tuesday, 4 May, 2010 – 21:18 | 3 Comments

By Adrienne Carmack, MD

In April 2005, Rani Jamieson gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Tariq. She was given Tylenol #3, a medication containing acetaminophen and codeine, for postpartum pain. She took two pills twice …

Parenting without Punishment or Reward…Really?
Wednesday, 31 Mar, 2010 – 0:07 | 2 Comments

By Larissa Dann, Australia’s parenting editor for The Attached Family
I was 31 years old. In my arms, I held another life. He was warm, pliable and soft, caked in afterbirth, and seemed breakable. He had huge …