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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, Illustrated
Tuesday, 22 May, 2012 – 19:04 | 5 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and API Leader
“The question should not be, ‘Are you mom enough?’ The questions should be:

Are you responsively parenting your child in a timely way?
Are you attuned to his or her …

What Attachment Parenting is…and is Not
Thursday, 22 Mar, 2012 – 0:41 | 7 Comments

Maybe you never knew there was a name for it – the unique way you raise your child – but it’s in tune with your child’s needs and with your own needs, and …

Connecting with Older Children during Pregnancy
Wednesday, 18 Jan, 2012 – 12:16 | No Comment

By Kathleen Mitchell-Askar, contributing editor to The Attached Family
When I was pregnant with my first child, I wrote in my journal nearly every day about what I felt and the changes I was experiencing. Once …

Pregnancy Fun (and Mocktails)
Thursday, 1 Dec, 2011 – 19:00 | One Comment

By Kathleen Mitchell-Askar, Pregnancy Editor
As your body changes during pregnancy, the activities you used to enjoy may be off limits. You may not be able to drink your morning coffee, have sushi for lunch, or …

Sydney Rose’s Birthday
Sunday, 17 Jul, 2011 – 20:15 | No Comment

By Kyle Mills
Few things in life are as intense, painful, scary, and mind-blowing as the birth of your child, but I would say that excitement is probably what most people remember feeling when thinking back …

State of the World’s Mothers: More Qualified Health Care Workers Needed Worldwide
Wednesday, 25 May, 2011 – 10:02 | One Comment

By Kathleen Mitchell-Askar, pregnancy and birth editor
For women in our culture, pregnancy and childbirth represent a joyous time: enjoying a growing belly, fantasizing about how the baby will look, shopping for tiny layettes, and taking …

Healing Birth, The Second Time Around
Monday, 3 Jan, 2011 – 20:50 | 5 Comments

By Heather Spergel
How do you heal from a traumatic birth experience? How do you put it behind you and find the inner strength to not only move on but to decide to do it all …

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 …

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 …

#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 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 …

An Attached C-section
Wednesday, 3 Feb, 2010 – 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 …

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

By Debbie Page, RN, IBCLC, CEIM, director of
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 …

Is Organic Really Healthier?
Monday, 21 Sep, 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 …

API’s Role in Shaping Parenting: Highlights from the 2009 API Think Tank Event in Nashville, TN
Wednesday, 9 Sep, 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 …

Bonding Begins in Utero…for Fathers, Too
Wednesday, 12 Aug, 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 …

Dawn of Attachment: Why Mom’s Emotions Matter During Pregnancy
Tuesday, 28 Jul, 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 …

Name Your Baby the AP Way
Tuesday, 14 Jul, 2009 – 1:31 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Perhaps no activity can consume as much of an expectant couple’s time and energy as choosing a name for their baby. While other aspects of …

The ‘Perfect’ Birth
Tuesday, 7 Jul, 2009 – 0:02 | 3 Comments

By Lisa Lord
After learning about modern medical birth in a college course, I knew for sure that I would one day attend a birth center for a drug-free, midwife-attended natural birth. Over the years, I …

AP is Good for Mom, Too
Tuesday, 30 Jun, 2009 – 15:44 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Experts and parents agree – telling and retelling of a birth story is vital for a woman to overcome an emotionally traumatic birth. But there …

What to Do When a Cesarean Becomes Necessary
Tuesday, 30 Jun, 2009 – 14:04 | No Comment

By Michelle Smilowitz, CD-DONA, reprinted with permission from International Cesarean Awareness Network, ©
The birth of a child is one of the most significant events in the lives of families. It is considered a rite …

What Goes into a Family-Centered Cesarean Birth Plan
Tuesday, 30 Jun, 2009 – 13:52 | One Comment

By Connie Banack, CCCE, CPD, CLD, reprinted with permission from International Cesarean Awareness Network, ©
Family-centered birth is used to describe a birth that is more family oriented, allowing the new family to experience their …

America’s Family Crisis: Parental Depression Putting 15 Million U.S. Children at Risk
Tuesday, 16 Jun, 2009 – 1:03 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Depression is beyond epidemic proportions, not only in the United States but in many societies around the world. People like to blame more recent economic …

What Attachment Parenting Does for Your Child’s Future
Tuesday, 16 Jun, 2009 – 0:06 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)

Especially if you’re new to Attachment Parenting, you may be wondering what does parenting have to do with your adult relationships. Quite a lot, if …