API Links - April 2012

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News on...Observing Child Abuse Prevention Month, Spank Out Day on April 30, National (U.S.) Volunteer Week April 15-21, breastfeeding in public opinion, a little sleep, valuing grandparents, and balancing friendship. Attachment Parenting is for Everyone: What is AP? blog carnival submissions are due April 11.

Editor's Picks

Brain Imaging Study Finds Evidence of Basis for Caregiving Impulse
Ah, the first time you see your baby you finally know what "love at first sight" actually means. Although first-time parents worry about their parenting skills, one look at that sweet little baby face and you vow to try your absolute best. That initial swoon over a new baby is more than just love; it's a series of chemicals signaling the brain to care for this helpless infant, and ultimately can help explain the survival of our species. A new study pinpoints these distinct brain patterns of activity.

The Science of Early Adversity
Advances in early childhood development, especially in the science of early adversity, could revolutionize the fight against poverty. Early adversity can interfere with planning ability, cognitive flexibility, and memory, and all of those will correlate with diminished IQ.

The Brain on Love
A relatively new field, interpersonal neurobiology, draws its vigor from one of the great discoveries of our era: that the brain is constantly rewiring itself based on daily life. In the end, what we pay the most attention to defines us. How you choose to spend the irreplaceable hours of your life literally transforms you.

March 2012: A Month for the Breastfeeding History Books!
March of 2012 was a breastfeeding month to remember! From airplanes to Twitter accounts to celebrities, breastfeeding was certainly a buzz topic.

API Succeeds Because of Volunteer Talent and Time
API is grateful to all of its volunteers - Leaders running local support groups, preparing meetings, and making a difference for families; Volunteers supporting the Leaders with resources and assistance; and Boards and Councils providing talent and guidance.
Thank you to all of you.

Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting

Breathing Smog in Pregnancy Linked to Child's Behavior Problems
Study found with moms' higher exposure, kids were likelier to have anxiety and depression at age 6.

Reduced Baby Risk from Another Cesarean
A major study, the first of its kind in the world, has found that women who have had one prior cesarean can lower the risk of death and serious complications for their next baby - and themselves - by electing to have another cesarean.

Cell Phone Use in Pregnancy May Cause Behavioral Disorders in Offspring
Exposure to radiation from cell phones during pregnancy affects the brain development of offspring, potentially leading to hyperactivity, one mouse study suggests.

Placenta on Toast? Could We Derive Benefits from Ingesting Afterbirth?
Almost all non-human mammals eat placenta for good reasons. Are we missing something? Ingestion of components of afterbirth or placenta - placentophagia - may offer benefits to human mothers and perhaps to non-mothers and males.

What do Montreal, Belgium, Alaska, and South Florida Have in Common?
They have no AP Support Group! No Support Group in your area either? Consider starting one. You'll make lifelong friends, have a ready-made playgroup for your children, and be among like-minded folks. Learn more here.

Feeding with Love and Respect

Fired for Breastfeeding???
That’s what happened to Heather Burgbacher, a technology teacher and coordinator in Evergreen, Colorado.
Heather had recently come back to work after maternity leave and was using every spare minute to pump breastmilk for her baby. She just needed a little support from her employer: adequate break time and a private place to pump. But the Rocky Mountain Academy refused to help, and told her to consider switching her baby to formula. Worse yet - after she complained, Heather was fired.
So how can we ensure that ALL moms, including teachers like Heather, get the support they need and deserve from their employers?

Feeding Your Baby on Demand May Contribute to Higher IQ
The difference between demand-fed and schedule-fed babies was about five IQ points, researchers found.

Sign the Petition: Tell Infant Formula Makers to Stop Using Hospitals As Marketing Tools
Healthcare facilities shouldn’t market any commercial products. They should provide only the best, evidence-based medical care. Yet, many facilities and healthcare providers are co-opted by infant formula companies to market their products: in the United States, the vast majority of birthing hospitals dispense industry-sponsored samples of formula to new mothers after they give birth. Mothers who receive formula samples in hospital are less likely to breastfeed exclusively and more likely to breastfeed for shorter durations. That’s why this kind of marketing is in violation of the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.

Music in the Cove!
April 14th, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM, Huntsville, Alabama

Come join the fun and and listen to the songs we all know, love, and grew up with by the songwriters who wrote them!
This inaugural fundraiser benefitting Attachment Parenting International is being held in observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Don't miss out on some brilliant talent this weekend!
Live and up close!

Responding with Sensitivity

Raising Confident Sons Who Have Respect for Others
"Years of research on families and parenting have shown me how successful moms raise self-assured and caring sons by nurturing their boy power -- the artful combination of physicality and sensitivity to others' needs and feelings."

Ensure Safe Sleep, Emotionally and Physically

Expert: Babies Can Sleep Safely Next to Mothers
If practiced safely, co-sleeping with your baby is safe and beneficial, according to James McKenna, University of Notre Dame biological anthropologist and world-renowned expert on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Also Worth Reading ...

Self-Centered Kids? Blame Their Immature Brains
A new study suggests that age-associated improvements in the ability to consider the preferences of others are linked with maturation of a brain region involved in self control. The findings, published by Cell Press in the March 8 issue of the journal Neuron, may help to explain why young children often struggle to control selfish impulses, even when they know better, and could impact educational strategies designed to promote successful social behavior.

Study: Cherish Your Grandkids
Grandparents have been reminded of the importance of maintaining healthy relationships with grandchildren after the release of a study conducted at the University of New England. The research, which explores Attachment Theory and the Neuroscience of Human Relationships, has found that grandchildren who are denied access to their grandparents suffer detrimental effects which can harm their development.

Why Mayim Bialik Chose Attachment Parenting

Consistent and Loving Care

5 Good Reasons Your Teen Needs a Strong Sense of Belonging
Fitting in, or having a strong sense of belonging, will help your teen learn coping skills and life skills that will allow them to make their best choices into their adulthood. Here are five good reasons your teen needs a strong sense of belonging.

Practice Positive Discipline

How Can You Learn to Behave If You're Never Punished?
“Dr. Laura....I just don't get it. How can kids learn to behave if they're never punished? I would never hit them, but what about timeouts and consequences? Everyone knows that children need discipline." Read on for Dr. Laura Markham's response.

No More Timeouts, No More Tiger Moms: How to Discipline Your Kids by Disciplining Yourself
"Gentle Discipline is not permissive parenting. It means parenting without violence, relying instead on respectful communication and seeking to see your child not as someone lesser or weaker than you who you can and should control, but rather as a partner in your life and a source of potential joy and loving interaction."

Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life

The Health Benefits of Friendship
No doubt you’ve heard the good-health prescription: Eat a colorful, natural diet; exercise regularly; manage your stress with relaxation, recreation, and meditation; get enough sleep; and have the proper checkups and screenings for your age and history. Recently, a host of research has added another, perhaps surprising, to-do to that list: Make friends, and keep those friendships in good repair.

14 Ways Good Relationships Boost Health
Have you ever stopped to notice what happens to your body when, after an intense day at work or dealing with the kids nonstop, you seek out your partner, a trusted family member, or a good friend for support? When you’re connected to someone - where love, support, and emotional intimacy are the foundation - and you’re able to be in the presence of that person, there’s a whole measurable physiological response that happens.

Sleep Deprivation and Teens: "Walking Zombies"
Recently most of us lost an hour of sleep as we set our clocks ahead for Daylight Saving Time. But imagine if you lost an hour of sleep - or even more - every night of your life. That's what it's like for our nation's teens, who are facing an epidemic of sleep deprivation.

The Risks of Parenting While Plugged In
Much of the concern about cellphones and instant messaging and Twitter has been focused on how children who incessantly use the technology are affected by it. But parents' use of such technology - and its effect on their offspring - is now becoming an equal source of concern to some child-development researchers.

2012 Blog Carnival

YAY! API Blog Carnival "Attachment Parenting is for Everyone"!
The media and commenters have their opinions; share yours "What Is AP?"

Are you a blogger? Weigh in on questions like these:
Do AP parents work? Do AP parents get any sleep? Do they have sex? Do you have to practice all the principles to be AP? Isn't AP just babywearing, breastfeeding, and bedsharing? Do your children rule the home? Aren't AP parents judgmental? Is the baby literally physically attached all the time? Do the children breastfeed until they're 5, 6, 7...? Do Attachment Parents ever go out or have personal time?


Dear Supporter,

This year in June API will celebrate 18 years of grassroots, global, compassionate, volunteer-powered support to families without comparison.

As we examine these years, the impact and the services offered, the challenges of nonprofit funding, and look at today’s environment and the future, we see opportunity to adjust and refine our approaches, leveraging all that is working so well and improving where possible. We see that the need for what API offers is great and it’s time to really increase our impact.

For 2012, we envision an API with more support in new locations, so more leaders, groups, volunteers, and members. This is on its way to happening now.

API will provide more resources and research, making a difference that serves more families and draws more interest and support. As we reach more families, we will leverage limited financial support to the greatest result possible. We can achieve greater response to the already tremendous effort put into planning support group meetings, publishing educational materials and communications, and extensive networking and advocacy.

Among the many reasons for upcoming changes to API, are significantly changing our ability to make an impact internationally, as well as streamlining our membership and donation processes managed by volunteers.

Key to API's changes are to grow more secure - grow API's impact by reaching more people; reach more in great need for compassionate parenting and security; and secure API's sustainability so its mission carries on.

We invite you to grow with us, much as we commit to growing stronger and wiser as parents.

More to come on this journey!

But first we invite you to consider participating in the API blog carnival, Attachment Parenting is for Everyone: What is AP? The media and commenters have something to say - how about you? Have a blog and want to participate? Don't have a blog but have something to say? Make it soon and see more at API Speaks.
Submissions are due by April 11.

Camille North,
API Links Editor

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