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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 Basics of Bottle Nursing
Tue, 14/07/09 – 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 …

Regain “Control” of Your Teen
Tue, 14/07/09 – 0:52 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Has your teenager stopped listening to you? Do you routinely catch him telling lies, or does she continually break curfew? You may be finding yourself …

A Resource for Parents of Picky Eaters
Tue, 14/07/09 – 0:44 | No Comment

By Heidi Green ©, reprinted with permission from BabyGooRoo.com
Five years ago, I had very firm ideas about childhood nutrition. “Balanced meals” was my mantra. I presented plates with foods of different colors (indicating different nutrients), …

Why Breast is Best, and What Needs to Change in Society to Better Support Mothers
Tue, 7/07/09 – 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
Tue, 7/07/09 – 0:30 | One Comment

By Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
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 …

The ‘Perfect’ Birth
Tue, 7/07/09 – 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 …

Throw Out Those Jars of Baby Food
Tue, 7/07/09 – 0:01 | No Comment

By Cynthia Lair, reprinted with permission from Cookus Interruptus, © CookusInterruptus.com
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, …

Stop the Biting
Mon, 6/07/09 – 23:48 | No Comment

By Elizabeth Pantley, excerpted with permission from Perfect Parenting
“Today at our play group my son bit my friend’s daughter! My friend acted like it was a normal childhood problem, and told me not to worry …

AP is Good for Mom, Too
Tue, 30/06/09 – 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
Tue, 30/06/09 – 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, …

What to Do When a Cesarean Becomes Necessary
Tue, 30/06/09 – 14:04 | No Comment

By Michelle Smilowitz, CD-DONA, reprinted with permission from International Cesarean Awareness Network, © ICAN-online.org
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
Tue, 30/06/09 – 13:52 | One Comment

By Connie Banack, CCCE, CPD, CLD, reprinted with permission from International Cesarean Awareness Network, © ICAN-online.org
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
Tue, 16/06/09 – 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
Tue, 16/06/09 – 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
Mon, 15/06/09 – 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
Mon, 15/06/09 – 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 …

Helping Your Adopted Teen Develop an Identity
Tue, 9/06/09 – 1:52 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Parenting during the teenage years is as trying on the young adult as it is on his parents. But if your child was adopted or …

Abolishing Corporal Punishment of Children
Tue, 9/06/09 – 1:09 | No Comment

From the Council of Europe
The Council of Europe wants a continent free of corporal punishment. Hitting people is wrong — and children are people, too.
To protect children from corporal punishment, the Council of Europe has …

The Importance of Skin-to-Skin Contact
Tue, 9/06/09 – 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 …

What Your Child’s Lovie Says about Your Attachment
Tue, 9/06/09 – 0:14 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
I don’t encourage the use of lovies – blankets, teddy bears, or other objects children can develop an attachment to – in my household but …

Heal Thyself through Birth Storytelling
Tue, 2/06/09 – 0:31 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
In preparing the Spring 2009 issue of The Attached Family, I asked a number of women to tell their birth stories who were too uncomfortable …

How to Handle a Little Shoplifter
Mon, 1/06/09 – 23:12 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
When I was younger, my mother would take my sister and I to browse through little shops in our hometown full of local artisan’s crafts. …

Dealing with an Angry Teen
Mon, 1/06/09 – 22:43 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Do you find yourself getting frustrated with your teen? So does every parent at some time. What about anger – has your relationship with your …

Babywearing is Good for Babies
Mon, 1/06/09 – 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 …

Be Prepared for These Common Childbirth Interventions
Mon, 18/05/09 – 16:17 | No Comment

By Amber Lewis, staff writer for The Attached Family publications
“Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.”
~ Gloria Steinem, Ms. Magazine, April 1981
Most pregnant women will tell …