breastfeeding

Because breastfeeding is normal

November 3, 2014

For some, breastfeeding doesn’t come easily. I, for one, have shed my fair share of tears over the challenging journey that it has been at times. Yet, even though I have seen the negatives — even though I have been shamed, ridiculed and challenged about nursing my daughter — I support breastfeeding. Even though there […]

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There is no night and day

October 18, 2014

Attachment Parenting International is 20 years old. Twenty years of promoting connection and spreading reassuring support to parents across the globe! When I first became a mother, I followed every instinct to connect with and nurture my baby. I held her, I nursed her, I gazed into her eyes…regardless of the time of day. Strangely […]

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API post-conference: Who is Kate Frederick?

October 4, 2014

Kate Frederick. She wasn’t a speaker at Attachment Parenting International‘s 2014 conference. She wasn’t even in the audience. But her name is stuck in my head. As a bonus for early conference attendees, API hosted a showing of “The Milky Way” film on the evening before the weekend “Cherished Parents, Flourishing Children” conference at Notre […]

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2014 Conference: The Milky Way

September 27, 2014

This has been seven years in the making. I had seen “The Milky Way” film before during a local 2014 World Breastfeeding Week event. It was powerful then, and it was no less powerful this second time around, here in South Bend, Indiana, USA, at Notre Dame University at the 2014 Attachment Parenting International conference, […]

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World Breastfeeding Week 2014: Parent Support Deserts in the USA

August 7, 2014

By Rita Brhel, Editor of Attached Family magazine, API’s Publications Coordinator What this year’s celebration of World Breastfeeding Week is really about—more than updating the status on breastfeeding acceptance or increasing understanding for mothers who are unable to breastfeed—is advocacy for parent support. While the primary goal of Attachment Parenting International (API) is to raise […]

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World Breastfeeding Week 2014: Learning to Listen

August 6, 2014

By Sara Jones Rust My husband gently bounced our wailing 3-week-old son while pacing around our apartment. I quickly finished toweling off, ran a comb through my wet hair and threw on a comfy pair of post-baby pants and a T-shirt. Luckily I had the forethought to brush my teeth while in the shower, a […]

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World Breastfeeding Week 2014: Sometimes Breastfeeding Requires a Bottle

August 5, 2014

By Rita Brhel, WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, API Leader, API’s Publications Coordinator/Managing Editor Among the wonderful aspects of Attachment Parenting is that it is an approach to child rearing that every parent can take part in. Certainly, research supports some parenting techniques more than others. Breastfeeding, for example, is quoted in Attached at the Heart […]

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World Breastfeeding Week 2014: Breastfeed Chicago!

August 4, 2014

By Patricia Mackie, MS, LPC, API Professionals Coordinator Public breastfeeding can infuriate us, scare us, make us feel ashamed or empower us. For one Chicago mom, it empowered her to take action and create an organization that would focus on advocating for breastfeeding at a larger level in her city (located in Illinois, USA). She […]

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