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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.

Small Blessings: A Father Recalls His Preemie Daughter’s Birth
Wed, 24/12/08 – 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 …

Seasons of Change: Helping a Child When Work Takes a Parent Away
Wed, 24/12/08 – 1:06 | No Comment

By Pam Stone, co-leader of API of Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire
**Originally published in the Summer 2007 Secondary Attachments issue of The Journal of API
Our week begins when I first utter the phrase, “Daddy’s coming home …

Is Primary Attachment Better than Secondary Attachment?
Wed, 24/12/08 – 0:41 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
**Originally published in the Summer 2007 Secondary Attachments issue of The Journal of API
The term “secondary attachment” can be interpreted erroneously to mean “less important,” but Attachment Parenting International refutes this definition.
Primary …

Crying and Comforting
Tue, 23/12/08 – 15:37 | 16 Comments

By Pam Stone, co-leader of API of Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire
**Originally published in the Summer 2008 AP in a Non-AP World issue of The Journal of API
All babies cry. And all parents are continually striving …

AP in a Non-AP World
Tue, 23/12/08 – 14:48 | 4 Comments

By Sophie Aitkin
**Originally published in the Summer 2008 AP in a Non-AP World issue of The Journal of API
My first baby, Howard, was born in the back seat of our family car on the way …

From Homeschool to School, and Back Again
Tue, 23/12/08 – 12:27 | No Comment

By Nikki Schaefer, staff writer for The Attached Family
**Originally published in the Fall 2008 Growing Child issue of The Journal of API
“Mom, there’s just seven more days until the first day of fall!” my six-year-old …

On Public School
Tue, 23/12/08 – 12:13 | One Comment

By Joan DeMeyer, co-leader of API of St. Louis, Missouri
**Originally published in the Fall 2008 Growing Child issue of The Journal of API
My decision to send my children to public school was made with some …

You are What You Eat: A Nutritional Guide to Preventing and Treating Postpartum Depression
Tue, 23/12/08 – 0:49 | No Comment

By Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, author of Depression in New Mothers and co-author of The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
Becoming a mother can …

Speaking Out About Postpartum Depression
Tue, 23/12/08 – 0:18 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
So many first-time moms are caught off-guard by their emotions after giving …

Planning for the Postpartum Period
Mon, 22/12/08 – 22:43 | 5 Comments

By Molly Remer, MSW, CCE
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
When my first baby was born in 2003, I made a classic new mother error – I spent …

Help Your Toddler Bond with the New Baby
Mon, 22/12/08 – 22:00 | 6 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
“Mommy, why do you need another Yonatan?” asked my first-born, looking at my …

Twins Plus Two
Mon, 22/12/08 – 18:38 | 3 Comments

By Heather Eckstein, DONA doula
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
Being a parent comes with a fair share of challenges and rewards. Being a parent to twins seems …

Sibling Spacing: Five-Plus Years Apart Means More Time with Each Child
Mon, 22/12/08 – 15:51 | 5 Comments

By Amy Carrier O’Brien
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
Aiden was seven and a half when Owen was born, and almost ten when Liam was born. He had …

Sibling Spacing: Two Years Apart and Getting Easier with Age
Mon, 22/12/08 – 15:26 | 8 Comments

By Melissa Hincha-Ownby, API Resource Leader of Arizona, API’s Technology Coodinator, and API’s Forum Administrator
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
One of the most common questions that parents …

Sibling Spacing: One Year Apart, Too Close or Just Right?
Mon, 22/12/08 – 11:50 | 5 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
I love babies, especially the newborns. I love breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, the …

UAE Childhood Depression on the Rise
Mon, 22/12/08 – 3:55 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
According to an article on the United Arab Emirates’ TheNational.ae, “More than Sadness,” the rate of children with depression in the UAE is on the rise.
According to Dr. Timo Brosig of the …

Solution to Childhood Obesity is in the Parents’ Behavior
Mon, 22/12/08 – 3:20 | One Comment

From API’s Publications Team
An article on the United Kingdom’s TimesOnline.com, “Tackle Child Obesity: Teach Mums to Eat,” explains how the solution to rising childhood obesity is in teaching parents that their eating behavior is how …

Considerations of Sibling Spacing on the Family Dynamic
Mon, 22/12/08 – 2:51 | 3 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
One year, two years, five years, ten years – just what is …

Issues Facing Adoptive Parents of Children with Special Needs
Mon, 22/12/08 – 1:53 | 5 Comments

By Heather T. Forbes, LCSW, founder of the Beyond Consequences Institute
**Orginally published in the Winter 2007-08 Adoption issue of The Journal of API
The typical scenario of a young married couple adopting an infant from birth …

The Secret Power of Ignorance
Mon, 22/12/08 – 1:16 | No Comment

By Michael Piraino, CEO of the National CASA Association
**Orginally published in the Winter 2007-08 Adoption issue of The Journal of API
I don’t know why, as adults, we think we know everything. Maybe we just automatically …

Rosie’s Adoptive Birth Story
Mon, 22/12/08 – 0:47 | No Comment

By Sara Cole
**Originally published in the Winter 2007-08 Adoption issue of The Journal of API
Recently, the Seattle API group had a birth-sharing night. Four of us sat down in my living room and shared the …

Postpartum Depression Affects Attachment
Fri, 19/12/08 – 17:18 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
An article on France’s InfosJuenes.com, “Risk of Maternal Depression on the Infant,” reveals research that shows the negative effects of depression in mothers on their babies.
Compared to children of nondepressed mothers, children …

Michigan Foster Family Embraces AP
Fri, 19/12/08 – 15:30 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
The Sturgis (Mich.) Journal has published an article, “Ideology Gives Way to Nurturing for Adoptive Parents,” on November 26, 2008, that features a couple who have fully embraced Attachment Parenting during their …

API Members React to Motrin Ad
Fri, 19/12/08 – 14:29 | One Comment

From API’s Publications Team
The makers of Motrin received a flood of feedback from parents about the ibuprofen brand’s latest advertising campaign targeting mothers. The ad, which had been released in November, had put moms and dads on the …

Two Years and Five Months: An Adoption Story
Fri, 19/12/08 – 11:08 | 2 Comments

By Juliette Oase, leader of API of Portland, Oregon
**Orginally published in the Winter 2007-08 Adoption issue of The Journal of API
I remember the day my daughter turned two years and five months old.
The reason I …