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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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Blessings on Our Meal: Parenting a Child with Severe Feeding Issues
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 – 0:54 | 3 Comments

By Jonna Higgins-Freese
I’m making breakfast for my two-year-old son who stands on a stool next to me. Oatmeal simmers on the stove. “Lid!” Reuben says, pointing to the rattling pan and signing that he hears …

The Family Table
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 – 0:04 | No Comment

By Judy Sanders, member of API’s Board of Directors and API’s Editorial Review Board
It’s dinnertime somewhere. Families sit around a dining table, or gather around a short-legged table, or settle on a rug in a …

Breastfeeding after Sexual Abuse
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 – 11:55 | No Comment

By Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, member of API’s Resource Advisory Council and API’s Editorial Review Board, adapted from Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
For survivors of childhood sexual abuse or sexual assault, breastfeeding …

From Fear to Breastfeeding
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 – 10:40 | No Comment

By Grace Zell, staff writer for The Attached Family
When I was pregnant for the first time, I wasn’t sure what I would do and I was actually a little afraid of committing to breastfeeding and …

Using Media Literacy in the Battle for Our Children’s Minds – and Health
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 – 11:27 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Who’s teaching your children about food and nutrition? As much as parents hope the answer is them, even attached children are barraged by food messages …

Rescue Your Baby from Obesity
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 – 10:54 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
As attachment parents, we need to be sure that we love and accept our children no matter what – and this includes their weight. Some …

Breastfeeding while Pregnant
Monday, September 28, 2009 – 18:11 | No Comment

By Debbie Page, RN, IBCLC, CEIM, director of TheNewBornBaby.com
Many women find themselves pregnant while they are still enjoying a nursing relationship with their child. It doesn’t typically occur during the first six months, as long …

Breastfeeding for Two: Tandem Nursing
Monday, September 28, 2009 – 17:51 | 2 Comments

By Debbie Page, RN, IBCLC, CEIM, director of TheNewBornBaby.com
Did you ever think you would be considering nursing two children at the same time? Probably most of us haven’t thought about that, but many women have …

Good Advice for Gentle Weaning: ‘Don’t Offer, Don’t Refuse’
Monday, September 28, 2009 – 17:13 | 3 Comments

By Grace Zell, staff writer for The Attached Family
My experience with weaning my daughter was very successful and non-traumatic, which was a good thing since I found it hard to imagine how I would ever …

Is Organic Really Healthier?
Monday, September 21, 2009 – 19:15 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Georgia Jones isn’t accustomed to addressing a crowd as knowledgeable about food as are many attached parents. An University of Nebraska-Lincoln nutrition professor, Jones spends …

The Best Baby Food is Homemade
Monday, September 21, 2009 – 17:52 | No Comment

By Amanda Hughes, co-leader for API of St. Louis, Missouri, USA
When my sister was a baby, I remember my mom had a food mill at the table and she would feed the same food to …

API’s Role in Shaping Parenting: Highlights from the 2009 API Think Tank Event in Nashville, TN
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 – 16:10 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
In an unprecedented move, Attachment Parenting International gathered eight brilliant minds in Attachment Parenting for the organization’s 15th Anniversary Celebration gathering the last weekend of …

Dr. Isabelle Fox on Overnight Visitations: As Harmful as We Suspect?
Friday, September 4, 2009 – 9:38 | 73 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Attachment Parenting International regularly fields questions from members regarding different aspects of attachment, child development, and challenging family situations. Easily the largest area of concern …

Dr. Isabelle Fox on Divorce and Older Children
Thursday, September 3, 2009 – 10:08 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Ideally, marriage lasts forever, but for a variety of reasons, many families today will experience divorce – an event that is as difficult on older …

The Parade of Little Girls
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 – 14:44 | 3 Comments

By Tamara Brennan
Sooner or later, in every child’s life, it’s bound to happen. For my tender child, unexpected rejection came from her very first friend and before her third birthday. Clarisa and her shadow, little …

Is ‘I Love Lucy’ Educational?
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 – 14:22 | No Comment

By Jan Hunt, member of API’s Advisory Board and API’s Editorial Review Board. Reprinted with permission from www.naturalchild.org. 
During a debate on legislation that would require a minimum of three hours of “educational and informative” television …

Parenting through Business Trips, Military Deployment, and Other Extended Separations
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 – 14:09 | 3 Comments

By Amber Lewis, staff writer for The Attached Family
Every child and each parent is different, and family situations differ just as much as the people in them, making each situation unique with successes and challenges …

Say Sorry
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 – 17:38 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
One of the hardest situations I face in my household is when one of my children hurts the other one, whether by accident or in …

Bonding Begins in Utero…for Fathers, Too
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 – 17:14 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Pregnancy is an amazing time of bonding between a mother and her baby, especially during a first pregnancy. There is no way to describe what …

Letter to the Editor: The Truth about TV
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 – 5:11 | No Comment

By Joanna Glass, leader of API of Garner, North Carolina
Editor’s Note: This Letter to the Editor was written in response to an article published on The Attached Family on July 28, 2009, “TV as a …

No is Not the Lesson: Solving Power Struggles
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 – 2:12 | 4 Comments

By Gaynell Payne
A part on our dishwasher broke. I spread a towel on the counter and washed the dishes by hand, laying them on the towel to dry. While I was washing, my 23-month-old son …

What Parents Need to Know about Cell Phones
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 – 1:45 | One Comment

By Lisa Anthony, reprinted with permission from CellPhones.org
Editor’s Note: Attachment Parenting International doesn’t take a stance on cell phone use for children and adolescents. This article is to inform parents who do allow cell phone use, …

The 4 Parenting Styles: What Works and What Doesn’t
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 – 1:00 | 5 Comments

By Dr. Maryann Rosenthal, co-author of Be A Parent, Not A Pushover, reprinted with permission from DrMA.com
I believe it’s that overall style or pattern of action — rather than a specific decision — that will …

To Intervene or Not? Deciding When and How to Get Involved in Another Parent’s Situation
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – 12:35 | 4 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
We’ve all seen it – a mother losing her temper toward her child in the grocery store, or a father treating his child in a …

Dawn of Attachment: Why Mom’s Emotions Matter During Pregnancy
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – 12:02 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
During my second pregnancy, I was a ball of nerves. While my baby was born healthily, she was of a lower birth weight than what …