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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.

Spotlight On: Snuggle Me Cushion
Wed, 14/07/10 – 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
Tue, 29/06/10 – 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
Tue, 29/06/10 – 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?
Tue, 22/06/10 – 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
Tue, 22/06/10 – 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 …

Spirit or Form…Does It Matter Which Comes First?
Wed, 2/06/10 – 20:40 | 3 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
“Say you’re sorry to your brother.”
“Say thank-you to Grandma.”
“Do your math homework now.”
“It’s time to practice the piano.”
Before we try to get a …

The Grandparent Challenge
Wed, 2/06/10 – 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)
Wed, 19/05/10 – 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 …

Managing Your Time Online
Wed, 19/05/10 – 11:45 | 9 Comments

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress,
One of my worst parenting days was when I was still sitting at my computer in pajamas and my husband walked through the front door. I thought …

The Danger of Pharmaceuticals
Tue, 4/05/10 – 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 …

Latest Research on Long-term Effects of Child Abuse
Tue, 4/05/10 – 20:48 | 5 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
In the United States alone, there are 3.2 million referrals to social services on allegations of child maltreatment each year – one-quarter of which are found …

Welcome to the Twilight Zone: A Boy Brought Back from Autism
Mon, 19/04/10 – 1:30 | No Comment

By Avril Dannebaum, co-leader of API-NYC
My son woke up that summer morning and came to me. His light blue-green eyes were clear, and he looked healthier than I had seen him in a long time. Something …

An AP Approach to Autism
Mon, 19/04/10 – 0:46 | No Comment

By Melissa Hincha-Ownby, editor of the API Speaks blog
Like many families that I know, my husband and I just sort of fell into Attachment Parenting. When our son was born in 2001, we found our parenting …

The Autism Book: Interview with pediatrician Dr. Robert Sears
Wed, 7/04/10 – 3:06 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
I have to admit that before I read the latest addition to the Sears Parenting Library – The Autism Book: What Every Parent Needs to …

From Heartache to Hope: Interview with Leisa Hammett of the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee
Wed, 7/04/10 – 2:48 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
The personal stories of families and individuals affected by autism in the beautifully photographed book, From Heartache to Hope: Middle Tennessee Families Living with Autism …

Parenting without Punishment or Reward…Really?
Wed, 31/03/10 – 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 …

Keep Family Game Night Fun
Tue, 30/03/10 – 23:32 | No Comment

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress,
It’s that time of the week that everyone looks forward to: family game night. Here are some tips to make it go smoother and fun for everyone, …

Reclaiming Happy Hour: Responding with Sensitivity during Meal Preparation
Wed, 24/03/10 – 18:06 | 2 Comments

By Stephanie Dahl, Responding with Sensitivity editor for The Attached Family
The hours of 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., known in the restaurant and lounge world as “Happy Hour,” have not been historically happy in my …

The Marriage Challenge
Wed, 24/03/10 – 17:12 | 2 Comments

By Sonya Fehér, contributing editor for the API Speaks blog, leader for API of South Austin, Texas, USA, and blogger at
Before my son was born, a friend gave me the book, Babyproofing Your Marriage. …

‘I was Spanked, and I’m Fine!’
Tue, 2/03/10 – 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 …

Why Timeout as a Punishment Doesn’t Work
Tue, 2/03/10 – 15:37 | 3 Comments

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress,
Are you tired of holding the bedroom door handle closed when your school-aged child is trying to leave during a timeout? Fed up with your child trashing …

AP with the Double-Digit Child (10+ years old)
Wed, 17/02/10 – 18:08 | No Comment

By Gila Brown, MA, parent educator,
We know the Eight Principles of Parenting are fundamental in establishing the critical attachment bond with our little ones.
As children get older, their needs evolve. Once we’ve parented through infancy …

Do Consequences Work with Older Children?
Wed, 17/02/10 – 17:22 | No Comment

By Camille North, editor of API Links
Some years ago, my oldest son forgot his shoes on a routine trip to the grocery store. We’d struggled with the “shoe issue” for a while, and I hadn’t …

Stay Connected with Your Grown Children: An interview with grandmother Ruth Nemzoff
Wed, 17/02/10 – 16:48 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
According to cultural standards, I am not an adult, even though I am many years out of school, own my home, have been married for …

An Attached C-section
Wed, 3/02/10 – 3:04 | 7 Comments

By Catherine McTamaney, EdD, society and education lecturer at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee USA
It never occurred to me that anything might go wrong.
My partner and I had asked all the big questions as we got …