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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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‘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), …

The Family Table
Tuesday, 20 Oct, 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, 13 Oct, 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, 13 Oct, 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 …

Rescue Your Baby from Obesity
Tuesday, 6 Oct, 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, 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 …

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

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

The Best Baby Food is Homemade
Monday, 21 Sep, 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, 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 …

Dr. Isabelle Fox on Overnight Visitations: As Harmful as We Suspect?
Friday, 4 Sep, 2009 – 9:38 | 92 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 …

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

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

Trust Your Baby to Show You When to Breastfeed
Tuesday, 21 Jul, 2009 – 22:32 | 2 Comments

By Jack Newman, M.D. & Teresa Pitman, reprinted with permission from The Latch and Other Keys to Breastfeeding Success
Babies are born with the skills and instincts to help them breastfeed, but we often ignore the …

The Basics of Bottle Nursing
Tuesday, 14 Jul, 2009 – 1:02 | 2 Comments

By Barbara Nicholson & Lysa Parker, API co-founders, reprinted with permission from Attached at the Heart ©, available through the API Store
We have been contacted by many parents and caregivers who want to incorporate the …

Why Breast is Best, and What Needs to Change in Society to Better Support Mothers
Tuesday, 7 Jul, 2009 – 0:53 | 2 Comments

By Christina Podolak

For most of our human existence on earth, mothers have fed their babies breast milk. Within the last 100 years, mothers had another option for feeding their babies: formula.
Mothers today are faced with …

Use Massage to Reconnect at the End of the Work Day
Tuesday, 7 Jul, 2009 – 0:30 | One Comment

In today’s world economy, we often find that most parents are working outside of the home. This may mean a two parent home has both parents working outside of …

Throw Out Those Jars of Baby Food
Tuesday, 7 Jul, 2009 – 0:01 | No Comment

By Cynthia Lair, reprinted with permission from Cookus Interruptus, ©
For many years, I was a guest speaker for the Evergreen Hospital postnatal mom and baby support groups.  I would haul a butane burner, pan, …