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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.

The Dead Balloon: Resolving Sibling Rivalry
Tue, 26/01/10 – 17:23 | One Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,

It was a typical birthday party: Balloons, ice cream, games, and party favors filled the day with happiness and excitement for Karen and the …

Nature Therapy
Wed, 20/01/10 – 0:54 | No Comment

By Carrie Kerr
I have always been of the opinion that days which are 70 degrees and sunny should be declared “National Hooky Days.” After all, what could be more important than getting outside on such a …

The Self-Care Challenge
Wed, 20/01/10 – 0:23 | One Comment

By Sonya Fehér, contributing editor for the API Speaks blog, leader for API of South Austin, Texas, USA, and blogger at
Curled into a periwinkle micro-plush blanket under a fluffy down comforter, I had the …

Attachment by Accident: One Family’s Alternative Parenting Journey
Tue, 5/01/10 – 11:52 | 6 Comments

By Joe Diomede, author of Cycles of a Traveler and owner of Cloughjordan Cycle Co-op in Tipperary, Ireland,

Editor’s Note: Attachment Parenting is an approach to childrearing that is defined by Attachment Parenting International’s Eight …

The Playgroup Altercation: Part 1 – Your Child is the Hitter
Tue, 5/01/10 – 10:57 | No Comment

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress,
You are having a lovely pleasant chat with a mom you haven’t seen in ages and suddenly you hear a loud thud, an ear-piercing scream, and then …

Barbie and Disney Princesses Every Which Way: Balancing Family Values with Individual Choices
Tue, 15/12/09 – 16:00 | 16 Comments

By Elaine Barrington
It used to be so much easier…
Sometimes I miss the days when my values and my daughter’s were one and the same. For the first few years of Isabelle’s life I believed I …

Where to Draw the Line? Exploring Boundaries, Limits, and Consequences
Tue, 15/12/09 – 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 …

What Children REALLY Want: An interview with author Licia Rando
Tue, 1/12/09 – 1:45 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
A cup of hot cocoa, a bubble bath, a cozy blanket, a cuddle with a fluffy dog, a steamy bowl of soup, a tuck into …

How to Downsize the Holidays
Tue, 1/12/09 – 1:19 | No Comment

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress,
Even though the economy is recovering, many families will still have to put the brakes on Christmas spending. How does one cut down? How do we break it …

The Bedtime Challenge
Tue, 24/11/09 – 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 …

Gift-Giving from the Heart and Hands, Not the Wallet
Mon, 16/11/09 – 22:54 | No Comment

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress,
Last Christmas, I had enough of shopping. With five children in the family, even with buying only one present to each other, there would have been 49 …

Another Look at Breastfeeding with HIV/AIDS: An Interview with Marian Tompson, co-founder of LLLI
Tue, 10/11/09 – 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
Tue, 27/10/09 – 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
Tue, 27/10/09 – 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
Tue, 27/10/09 – 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), …

Blessings on Our Meal: Parenting a Child with Severe Feeding Issues
Tue, 20/10/09 – 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
Tue, 20/10/09 – 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
Tue, 13/10/09 – 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
Tue, 13/10/09 – 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
Tue, 6/10/09 – 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
Tue, 6/10/09 – 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
Mon, 28/09/09 – 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
Mon, 28/09/09 – 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’
Mon, 28/09/09 – 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?
Mon, 21/09/09 – 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 …