New Magazine Issue Advocates for Increased Support of Compassionate Infant-Feeding Choices
In honor of the millions of women who have come together throughout history to support one another in motherhood, Attachment Parenting International (API) is pleased to announce the latest edition of Attached Family magazine. This double “Voices of Breastfeeding” issue spotlights both the cultural explosion of breastfeeding advocacy as well as the challenges still to overcome.
“This issue of the magazine has been a long time in the making,” said Rita Brhel, Editor of the Attached Family and API Publications Coordinator. “We wanted to create a resource that is helpful to all mothers, both those who were able to breastfeed their babies and those who were unable to.”
The “Voices of Breastfeeding” edition of Attached Family is divided into an “Advocating for Acceptance” issue that identifies the ever-growing movement of mothers inspired to campaign for society’s embrace of breastfeeding, and a “Meeting Challenges with Compassion” issue that recognizes that there are circumstances when breastfeeding is difficult, if not impossible, highlighting the importance of empathetic support for all infant-feeding choices.
“Ideally, I would have liked to have breastfed all three of my children,” Brhel said. “But Attachment Parenting International supports parents in all walks of life, including mothers who are unable to breastfeed, and I was able to learn how to meet my child’s attachment needs through sensitive responsiveness beyond breastfeeding.”
This edition of Attached Family was also made in appreciation of longtime magazines like Mothering, New Beginnings, and Breastfeeding Today, which paved the way to widespread support for breastfeeding and Attachment Parenting conversations among mothers, and now fathers, and by extension, contributing to the breastfeeding movement that eventually influenced the research and medical communities.
“API is pleased to give a voice to our breastfeeding struggles, those related to society’s acceptance as well as those shared by mother and baby,” said Samantha Gray, Executive Director of Attachment Parenting International. “Emphasizing healthy attachment and relationship, it is natural that we speak up collectively to further advocacy efforts and gather together regularly to give personal support. Our contributors, led by Rita’s editorial vision and passion for breastfeeding support, have captured that perspective in this double issue.”
Scattered throughout the “Voices of Breastfeeding” edition of Attached Family are parent stories, project highlights and additional resources from around and beyond API, as well as the following features:
· “The Real Breastfeeding Story” detailing exactly how far industrial society has come in accepting breastfeeding, yet also how far we have yet to go, which includes a look at “Extended Nursing Around the World”
· “Sometimes Breastfeeding Doesn’t Work” explains the hard decisions some mothers made regarding their infant-feeding choices
· An interview with Katrina Pavlik, founder of “Breastfeed, Chicago!” and an accompanying photo essay of breastfeeding families in Chicago, Illinois, USA
· “Nature’s Case for Breastfeeding” featuring Attachment Parenting researcher Jeanne Stolzer from the University of Nebraska, USA
· A recap of the past century’s infant-feeding landscape in “The History of Formula Use”
· API’s debut of the Parent Support Deserts project with a presentation of infant-feeding support deserts within the United States
· “Why Relationship with Your Baby Matters” by API’s Knowledgebase Coordinator Art Yuen
“This edition of Attached Family continues API’s goal of providing research-backed information in an environment of respect, empathy and compassion in order to support parents in making decisions for their families and to create support networks in their communities,” Brhel said.
API thanks cosponsors of this special edition of Attached Family: Arm’s Reach Concepts, Katie M. Berggren, Green Child Magazine, Momzelle and The Infant-Parent Institute for their generous contributions.
Co-Founder of Families for Conscious Living and Executive Editor of Kindred is the latest addition to the API Resource Advisory Council
Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit global network of parenting support groups with more than 60 locations around the world, announces its newest Resource Advisory Council member, cofounder of Families for Conscious Living and Executive Editor of Kindred, Lisa Reagan.
On a mother (of a) quest for 15 years as a journalist, activist and nonprofit visionary, Lisa Reagan explores the space between our unsustainable industrial story and the emerging story of what is possible for Cultural Creative families – who are leading the way forward.
Lisa is a co-founder of the nonprofit, Families for Conscious Living and the executive editor of, Kindred. Her vision of serving Cultural Creative families is currently carried forward through nonprofit collaborations and over 300 international Pathways Connect Gathering Groups sponsored by the award-winning, conscious living magazine, Pathways to Family Wellness.
Lisa is featured in the film documentary, The Love Bomb. Her forthcoming books share her 15-year adventure exploring the conscious living movement.
“We are thrilled to welcome Lisa Reagan to the Resource Advisory Council for API. Lisa is a dedicated parent, talented journalist and a long time supporter of the ideals and principles of API. We look forward to many years of collaboration with her and her various endeavors!” said Barbara Nicholson, API cofounder with Lysa Parker.
Lisa Reagan states that "Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson are two of the most influential and inspirational people in my life. They were there for me at the beginning of my own conscious parenting journey and I have been delighted to continue to know and work with them through the years.” She adds, “As API comes into its 20th anniversary as a dynamic and mature nonprofit, and attachment science continues to flourish, I am honored to be a member of the Resource Advisory Council, and serve alongside the scholars and advocates of the API research team."
API Resource Advisory Council members are experts in their professional fields, giving advice, lending their expertise, and supporting the mission and vision of API.
Attachment Parenting is based in the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong
emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, between the infant and parent(s). This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to children’s emotional needs, enabling children to develop trust that their needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps children develop the capacity for secure, empathic, peaceful, and enduring relationships that follow them into adulthood.
Attachment Parenting International (API) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization founded
in 1994 to network with parents, professionals and like-minded organizations around the world. API’s mission is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world. In addition to providing assistance in forming Attachment Parenting support groups, API functions as a clearinghouse providing educational materials,research information, consultative, referral and speaker services to promote Attachment Parenting concepts.
Just a few of the topics we’ll be discussing in April will be:
Growing Yourself Up
The Stage of Attachment
The Stage of Exploration
The Stage of Identity
The Stage of Competence
So far we’ve learned how our unconscious mind has controlled most of our parenting based upon our own upbringing. We do have the power to change these unconscious decisions though. We can do so through our actions and our intentional dialogue with our children. We’ve been having a few deep discussions. Our discussions happen on GoodReads. The next book up for discussion in June, July, and August will be Attached at the Heart, 2nd Edition by Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson.
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