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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

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 …

‘I was Spanked, and I’m Fine!’
Tuesday, 2 Mar, 2010 – 15:38 | No Comment

By Jan Hunt, founder/director of The Natural Child Project,
We hear it all the time, when spanking is mentioned. Someone steps forward and says something like this:
“Well, I don’t see what all the fuss is …

Early Weaning: A Time of Transition for Baby…and Mom
Tuesday, 26 Jan, 2010 – 17:53 | 3 Comments

By Chandra Hamilton
As each new talent emerges, toddlers get busy and forget to do lots of things: watch in front of them when moving, pick up toys before stepping on them, and eat. They fight …

Where to Draw the Line? Exploring Boundaries, Limits, and Consequences
Tuesday, 15 Dec, 2009 – 13:53 | 2 Comments

By Tamara Parnay
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”
~ Serenity Prayer, attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr theologian
A mother was …

The Bedtime Challenge
Tuesday, 24 Nov, 2009 – 11:46 | No Comment

By Sonya Fehér,
Bedtime is one of the most challenging times of day for me as a parent. I am tired from having taking care of a little person all day, ready to cuddle with …

Another Look at Breastfeeding with HIV/AIDS: An Interview with Marian Tompson, co-founder of LLLI
Tuesday, 10 Nov, 2009 – 11:45 | 3 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
When we think of the Attachment Parenting International Principle of Feeding with Love and Respect, what first pops into our minds is a woman enjoying …

Working without Weaning: An Interview with author Kirsten Berggren
Tuesday, 27 Oct, 2009 – 12:02 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Attachment Parenting International’s seventh of the Eight Principles of Parenting, Providing Consistent and Loving Care, explains how babies and young children have an intense need …

Pumping for Stay-at-Home Moms
Tuesday, 27 Oct, 2009 – 11:05 | 8 Comments

By Sonya Fehér, leader for South Austin API (Texas, USA) and blogger at
If we’re staying at home to be with our babies full-time, we don’t have to pump milk or offer bottles. We can …

Breastfeeding and Working, an Illustration
Tuesday, 27 Oct, 2009 – 11:04 | One Comment

By Amber Lewis, staff writer for The Attached Family
The first painful hurdle I was to face as a mother was the need to return to work. After a three-month crash course in Attachment Parenting (AP), …