Attachment Parenting

Making Sense of Co-Sleeping Advice

Natasha Batsford | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

From the time we get pregnant, we are given advice by medical professionals, websites, friends, family and sometimes complete bloody strangers all of whom want us to believe that if we follow their advice, we can guarantee that our children will avoid harm.

Breastfeeding: Love, Not Judgement

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

To say that breastmilk is more nutritionally and immunologically comprehensive than infant formula milk isn't being rude, or trying to make anyone feel bad, or just being mean. It's true.

10 Things Not to Say to a News Editor About Being an Older Mother

Ellie Stoneley | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Stoneley

I'm extremely blessed to be the mother of a wonderful, exuberant and thriving two-year-old and (in common with mothers everywhere) I'm doing the best I can for my daughter to ensure she has a happy childhood, and a safe and secure future. Sometimes that's OK, but often the journalist will prod, looking for an angle, "How do you deal with the negative view of older parents?"

Attachment Parenting IS Feminist

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

Attachment parenting doesn't acknowledge capitalism or patriarchy as deities the way mainstream parenting does. Attachment parenting (the practices involved in) supports a woman's right to understand how her body works, how powerful she is in the life of her child and in wider society and how awesome her biology is.

Tramps Like Us

Ellie Stoneley | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Stoneley

Breastfeeding her child in public had a young woman anonymously labelled a 'tramp'. This in turn led to a number of well attended mass breastfeeding gatherings throughout the UK. A great show of solidarity, women highlighting their right to breastfeed in public.

Calling Time on Breastfeeding?

Ellie Stoneley | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Stoneley

I have spoken to women who wanted to nurse their babies but couldn't, or decided enough was enough after a few weeks. Many women have perfectly healthy infants and decided right at the start that breastfeeding just wasn't for them, and others are still feeding five-year-olds. I was lucky in that I decided to nurse and, with help, was able to.

Breastfeeding Advocacy Isn't Anti-Formula Feeders

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

So, here's what breastfeeding-advocacy isn't: It isn't anti-formula users. Breastfeeding advocacy is about wanting new parents to have access to ALL the facts about how they feed their babies. This includes the risks of using formula milk as a breastmilk substitute...

Breastfeeding: Who Are You Really Doing It For?

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

Why are we, as a culture, creeped out by the idea of a woman wholeheartedly enjoying breastfeeding? We're uncomfortable at the suggestion that a woman might exercise such autonomy over her body that she breastfeeds beyond infancy and might actually LIKE DOING SO.

Do We Need to Label Parenting Styles?

Sheila Bayliss | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Bayliss

The downside of defining different parenting styles is the defensiveness that this can cause. Understandably, when we come across someone who does things differently to us, it can make us either want to defend our own way, or convince the other person to try it out. We all want to feel secure that we're doing the right thing because it's such an emotive issue...

How to Handle Toddler Tantrums in Adults!

Alice Grist | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Tantrums are not something we really grow out of. We simply learn to act differently within them. But the solutions remain the same. As adults witnessing tantrums the most loving and spiritual thing we can do is to be a beacon of love and patience.

When Kate and I were BFF's - My Soulful Momma Advice to Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

Alice Grist | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Last night I dreamt that Kate Middleton was my next door neighbour and that she and Wills had their baby. It was a boy in case you were wondering, and...

Soulful Momma Notes Five Months In... Being Confident

Alice Grist | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

I've been a mother five months and I'm strangely confident. Maybe it's not so strange. Perhaps I'm hard wired for it. In my extensive experience thus far I have learned how important confidence really is for a new momma.

Babies Don't Need 'Attachment Parenting', But They Do Need 'Responsive Parenting'

Milli Hill | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Milli Hill

If we look at what we as parents are actually trying to achieve - healthy, happy adults - we need to ask ourselves, does this have to mean sharing our beds with our children or letting them self-wean? I think not. Because what really matters, what is really absolutely crucial to healthy child development, is not 'Attachment Parenting', but 'Responsive Parenting.'

What's Behind the Grumet-Bashing?

Milli Hill | Posted 15.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Milli Hill

A mother allows herself to be photographed for the cover of Time, breastfeeding her three-year-old son, presumably in the spirit of breaking down barriers and encouraging greater freedom of choice. And how does the world respond to such a pioneer? 'Highly disturbing', 'Disgusting', 'Unnatural', 'Abusive'.