Breastfeeding & Attachment
Attachment Parenting is:
Breastfeeding...Wearing Baby in a Sling...
Responding to Baby's Cues...
Sharing Sleep in the family bed...
Following Your Instincts!
This site is dedicated to Attachment Parenting &
breastfeeding, to offer support to new parents
on raising a secure child in a warm, loving, nurturing environment. You'll find this especially helpful if you
are experiencing unwanted negativity from friends, relatives and passersby, who give unsolicited advice
& comments about breastfeeding& parenting, that undermines what you instinctively sense to be right. Attachment Parenting is Instinctive Parenting!
We promote breastfeeding, attachment parenting & the family bed. Offering support to you in
avoiding bottles, pacifiers & abusive "cry-it-out" methods.
I strongly suggest you read The Baby Book by Dr. William Sears which includes extensive information on attachment parenting & also
offers breastfeeding advice. I discovered The Baby Book when Demmi was 2 months old and it
validated all my instincts. When you are feeling unsure about the things that you think seem so right &
natural with your parenting style, but people are telling you that you are spoiling your baby, just read
Dr Sears and you too will feel validated that you are giving your baby all the nurturing that nature
intended! That's instinctive, attachment parenting!!!
Learn all about breastfeeding. Why is breastfeeding so important? Read all the wonderful
articles on breastfeeding that I've collected. Learn also, from my breastfeeding experience. You'll find so
many great ways that breastfeeding will benefit both your child & yourself!
I'll never forget that first evening that I was breastfeeding Demmi. Her head was nestled in the
crook of my arm as she stared up at me, gazing right through my eyes into my soul. She suckled for an
hour as I told her of her Grandparents, Great Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles & Cousins; those that she would come to know and love & those that were gone and would be watching over her. There are no words to express the emotions of the moment. Just the bond of a mother breastfeeding her baby, together,
as nature has intended since time beyond beginning.
The benefits of breastfeeding don't stop after those first months that fly by so quickly as the new family settles in together, learning about each other and growing together. The benefits of breastfeedingcontinue on long after the glow of a single candle upon the first birthday cake. I invite you in to learn all
about why you should continue breastfeeding your baby beyond the first year (known as " extended Breastfeeding") and keep following your instincts with child-led weaning. It's a strange culture we have
where everyone (except me of course! LOL!!!) thinks it is perfectly acceptable for a toddler to wander around all day with a bottle hanging out of his mouth, but they shudder in horror if they hear that a toddler is "still doing THAT!!!" ( breastfeeding). Come on in and read Nursing Beyond One Year Once you've gotten started breastfeeding you'll never want to stop!
I don't think that most women ever start out thinking that they are going to be breastfeeding a toddler, heck, most have never heard the phrase "extended breastfeeding" but once we get started and
see how wonderful it is for the child, and how much healthier they are, it is not something that we soon want
to stop (not to mention the added health benefits & convenience that breastfeeding offers to us moms!) By
the way, breastfeeding is great for lazy moms! (big grin!) I planned on breastfeeding for 6 months. Then I
found out that babies can't have cow's milk until 1 year, so of course I said, "OK, I'll continue breastfeeding and wean at 1 year." But then that first birthday came and went and here we were still happily breastfeeding ! In
the interim I learned all those terrible and dangerous things about formula, so I was glad I stuck with Mommy Milk!
At 13 months I figured I would at least let Demmi taste a cup of cow's milk but she had a different agenda. She took one swig from the sippy cup and tossed it back, over her head and it landed, 'kerplop!', right in the middle of the trash can! I couldn't help but giggle, knowing that she obviously knows that breastfeedingis best. It warmed my heart so! Well, now she is 28 months and shows no signs of stopping any time soon. I am going to leave it up to her. Child led weaning is really the most natural thing to do, and besides, the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for a minimum of two years
Demmi nursed until a few days before her 3rd birthday, at which point I was 7 months
pregnant with twins, and was hospitalized for 2 weeks due to complications stemming from the
rupture of an embolism in my kidney. Because of our physical separation during my stay,
which resulted in the pre-mature, yet fully natural birth of my twin boys, breastfeeding her was
impossible. Of course, my boys were fed breastmilk during their month in the neo-natal intensive
care unit and are still breastfeeding exclusively!
Well, whatever you decide to call it... Attachment Parenting, Instinctive Parenting, Primal Parenting... it's all the same. It means listening to the clues your child gives you and doing what your
heart tells you is the right thing for your baby. You are a mom and you came equipped with
excellent instincts; listen to them. Nature has programmed you to be the best possible mother...
don't let anyone try to brainwash you into ignoring your instincts. If it doesn't feel right it isn't right, no matter what your parents or grandparents or the so-called "experts" claim. Nobody knows your baby better than you. Attachment Parenting; it's not some newfangled fad... it is parenting the way nature intended... the way we have parented for thousands of years!
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