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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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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 …

Parenting without Spoiling
Tuesday, 30 Jun, 2009 – 15:02 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Neighbor: “Oh, your children are always so wonderful to be around! I can tell that you take parenting seriously.”
Parent: “Thank you! I think they’re wonderful, …

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 …

Don’t Give Up on Babywearing
Monday, 15 Jun, 2009 – 23:39 | No Comment

By Marie Blois, MD, member of API’s Board of Directors
One of the biggest mistakes that new parents make is giving up too soon on soft carriers. Because we often do not have real-life models, wearing …

My Dear Crying Baby
Monday, 15 Jun, 2009 – 23:23 | One Comment

By Tamara Parnay
My dear crying baby,
Don’t worry
I see through…
Just beneath your upset, tear-streaked face
Lies pure innocence
Just beneath your urgent, heart-rending cries
Lie complete and utter trust and dependence
Just beneath your immediate suffering
Lies relief
Just beneath my anxiety …

The Importance of Skin-to-Skin Contact
Tuesday, 9 Jun, 2009 – 0:49 | One Comment

By Jack Newman, MD, & Teresa Pitman
We now have a multitude of studies that show mothers and babies should be together, skin-to-skin (baby naked, not wrapped in a blanket), the baby’s neck extended slightly so …

Babywearing is Good for Babies
Monday, 1 Jun, 2009 – 21:25 | No Comment

By Marie Blois, MD, member of API’s Board of Directors
Biologically, babies need to be carried in order to thrive. Studies have shown that otherwise well-nourished and cared for infants who are deprived of human touch …

Breastfeeding Helps to Offset Early Disadvantages
Tuesday, 14 Apr, 2009 – 9:52 | No Comment

From the University of London
Breastfeeding may be particularly important to the educational and emotional development of children from single-parent and low-income families, new research suggests.
Previous studies have reported that the high nutritional content of breast …

Parenting Style Changes Gene Expression
Monday, 2 Mar, 2009 – 16:37 | One Comment

From API’s Communications Team
Research has, for many years, shown that the way a child is parented will physically shape his brain — that each interaction, good or bad, will create pathways within the brain as …

Nutritional Deficiencies in the Mother May Affect Her Attachment with Her Baby
Tuesday, 24 Feb, 2009 – 0:41 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
Nutritional deficiencies in mothers can affect her mental health and lead to inconsistent patterns of mother-child interactions, which in turn increases the likelihood of creating an insecure attachment between the mother and …

How to Play with Your Baby
Monday, 23 Feb, 2009 – 20:27 | One Comment

By Maathangi Iyer, staff writer for The Attached Family
Your child is naturally imaginative – all children are. Most theories of child development view young children as highly creative, with a natural tendency to fantasize, experiment, and …

“Giving the Love that Heals,” an interview with attachment therapist Harville Hendrix
Saturday, 14 Feb, 2009 – 22:36 | One Comment

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As promised in the Winter 2008-09 Healing Childhood Wounds issue of The Journal of API — as a followup to the article “The 11th Commandment” …

Separation without Anxiety
Monday, 9 Feb, 2009 – 3:09 | 19 Comments

By Grace Zell, staff writer for The Attached Family
About a year ago, a friend convinced me to do something good for myself and join the local gym. She would leave her two-year-old daughter in the …

Every Parent-Child Interaction Shapes the Brain
Sunday, 25 Jan, 2009 – 15:05 | One Comment

By Amber Lewis, staff writer for The Attached Family
Humans all begin the exact same way. We start our life out as a zygote, the fertilized egg in our mother’s uterus, 46 chromosomes that will determine …

Length of Postpartum Depression Determines Mother-Baby Attachment Difficulties
Thursday, 22 Jan, 2009 – 0:59 | 4 Comments

From API’s Publications Team
According to an article on Guadian.co.uk, “Postnatal Depression and Your Baby,” the length of a new mother’s postpartum depression has a strong tie with the difficulties she’ll experience in establishing a close …

The Role of Attachment in Healing Infant Depression
Monday, 19 Jan, 2009 – 22:14 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Depression — a mental illness marked by unrelenting sadness and hopelessness that permeates the lives of an estimated one in 18 people – is among the most …

Secure vs. Insecure Attachment: A Quick Reminder
Saturday, 10 Jan, 2009 – 2:49 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
A January 6 article in the United Kingdom’s Nursery World magazine, “A Unique Child: Attachment – Practice in Pictures – A Sense of Security,” illustrates the difference between a securely and insecurely attached …

Mentally Ill Parents More Likely to Form Insecure Attachments with Their Children
Wednesday, 7 Jan, 2009 – 20:17 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
According to an article on InTheNews.co.uk, “One in Four Aussie Kids Have Parent with Mental Illness,” mentally ill parents are more likely to form insecure attachments with their children.
A study published in …

Dear New Moms
Saturday, 27 Dec, 2008 – 19:18 | One Comment

By Pam Stone, co-leader of API of Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire
**Originally published in the Spring 2007 annual New Baby issue of The Journal of API
Welcome to Motherhood!
Many times people will tell you to enjoy these …

Decoding Tantrums
Saturday, 27 Dec, 2008 – 19:10 | 7 Comments

By Stephanie Petters, leader of API of North Fulton, Georgia
**Originally published in the Spring 2007 annual New Baby issue of The Journal of API
When a parent utters the word tantrum to another parent, the reaction …

AP from a Preemie Mom’s Perspective
Saturday, 27 Dec, 2008 – 18:25 | 6 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
**Originally published in the Spring 2007 annual New Baby issue of The Journal of API
It was a big day for me, my husband, and my …

Traci’s Story: Developing an Appreciation for Bottle-feeding
Saturday, 27 Dec, 2008 – 17:36 | No Comment

By Traci Singree, leader of API of Stark County, Ohio
**Originally published in the Spring 2007 annual New Baby issue of The Journal of API
Before my children, I was career driven, working in retail management, which …

The Secondary Attachment: A Look at Bowlby’s Theory
Wednesday, 24 Dec, 2008 – 3:06 | 3 Comments

By Sir Richard Bowlby, Bt, member of API’s Advisory Council
**Originally published in the Summer 2007 Secondary Attachments issue of The Journal of API
I remember my father saying to me in 1968, “You know this business …

Small Blessings: A Father Recalls His Preemie Daughter’s Birth
Wednesday, 24 Dec, 2008 – 2:26 | No Comment

By Mike Brhel
**Originally published in the Summer 2007 Secondary Attachments issue of The Journal of API
My wife and I had always wanted a family. We had tried for a child during the first few years …