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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

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 …

Nurturing Touch is Amazing
Wednesday, 2 May, 2012 – 23:39 | 4 Comments

By Suzanne P. Reese, IAIMT, author of Baby Massage,
Parents all over the world search high and low for all the things they can get their hands on that can help their baby grow and …

Stop Hitting! An interview with Nadine Block, cofounder for the Center for Effective Discipline and SpankOut April 30th
Sunday, 29 Apr, 2012 – 15:15 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
There is a fine line between physical punishment and child abuse, at least as the law sees it. Just where does the line lie between …

Effects of Breast Implants on Lactation
Friday, 30 Mar, 2012 – 17:23 | 3 Comments

By Lance Hugh

Breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries, accounting for more than 300,000 procedures per year. The average implant patient is in her mid-30s and has already had a child, but …

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 …

Baby Signing a Practical Way of Communicating
Thursday, 23 Feb, 2012 – 16:05 | 7 Comments

By Jamie Birdsong Nieroda, attachment parenting leader (API of Suffolk County-Long Island, New York, USA)
I was never one of those people, pre-kids, who romanticized parenting. I worried instead about how my baby and I would …

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 …

Breastfeeding on Demand is OK
Thursday, 8 Dec, 2011 – 19:24 | 36 Comments

By Ashley Franz, attachment parenting leader (API of Central Arkansas, USA)

Once upon a time, there was a magical land where babies never cried…
A couple of friends asked me lately how to avoid running low on, …

Creating a Village
Wednesday, 9 Nov, 2011 – 15:14 | 3 Comments

By Jenni Pertuset, parent consultant, API Leader in Seattle, Washington USA,
The life of a parent can feel very isolated. Warm relationships with caring adults can sustain us when we’re struggling and help our children …

Reflections on Motherhood
Wednesday, 9 Nov, 2011 – 14:59 | 2 Comments

By Barbara P. Benjamin, poet and author of Beneath the Surface (as Barbara Scott), children’s author of One White Christmas in Alabama and My Best Friend Millie
I am the mother of a 26-year-old daughter. I …

Love Not Always Floodlights and Fireworks, but Sometimes It Is
Tuesday, 1 Nov, 2011 – 17:17 | 2 Comments

By Megan Oteri,
My son is sleeping on my husband’s chest. Snuggled in an O against his broad shoulders in a snuggly nest. Resting easy, gently. I want my son to wake up because I …

Spotlight On: Soothing Slumber DVD
Monday, 26 Sep, 2011 – 14:54 | One Comment

API: Tell us, exactly what is the Soothing Slumber DVD?
RACHEL RAINBOLT: The Soothing Slumber DVD is a video class of infant massage for nighttime. You will learn all the strokes you need to soothe your …

The Basics of Breastfeeding Advocacy
Tuesday, 2 Aug, 2011 – 20:50 | One Comment

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

Breastfeeding has seen the gamut in terms of public support. For centuries, it was the most natural thing to do, and then in the mid-20th …

10 Phrases to Make a Better Parent
Wednesday, 27 Jul, 2011 – 17:03 | 7 Comments

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress,
Many times as parents, we blurt out sayings that we heard as children and later vowed to never say to our own children. However, that is easier …

A Parent’s Look at: BabyBabyOhBaby
Wednesday, 27 Jul, 2011 – 16:46 | No Comment

By Beth Hendrickson, blogger at
“They grow up so fast” I hear from everyone. My parents, my friends, other moms at the pool, the sweat-drenched mailman, the harried grocery store clerk, the homeless woman. It’s …

Staying in Control when Things are Out of Control
Sunday, 3 Jul, 2011 – 18:03 | 9 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
“When I’m calm, I have no trouble responding patiently, but the problem is that my child’s tantrums jangle my nerves and I lose …

Breastfeeding after ‘Almost’ Weaning
Sunday, 3 Jul, 2011 – 17:54 | 9 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,
Q: My two-year-old had almost completely weaned himself a few months ago. Then I got laid off from work and he began nursing all over …

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 …