In my article, "The science of attachment parenting," I discuss the scientific research in favor of sensitive, responsive parenting. Here I offer a list of attachment parenting resources to interested parents.
William and Martha Sears (M.D. and R.N.)
Attachment parenting is perhaps most popularly associated with this book written by
William Sears (pediatrician) and Martha Sears (registered nurse and
breastfeeding consultant), the couple who coined the term “attachment
Sears W and Sears M. 2001. The Attachment Parenting
Book : A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby.
Little, Brown and Company.
Aimed primarily at parents with new
babies, the book offers the reader advice, moral support and
reassurance. The authors, who have raised 8 children themselves,
cover such topics as:
• getting to know your newborn
• sleeping arrangements
• "crying it out"
• setting limits and avoiding parenting "burnout"
• attachment fathering
this book (like most parenting books) doesn’t cite scientific
references, many of its claims are supported by scientific research.
Attachment parenting resources for feeding
Does your mother-in-law equate feeding on demand with “spoiling the
baby?" This article reports the anthropological, evolutionary, and
clinical evidence that
human babies should be fed “on cue."
It may come in handy if you want to bring your relatives up to speed.
La Leche League
La Leche League
offers information about breastfeeding, including support groups and breastfeeding legislation.
Attachment parenting resources for nighttime parenting
or not they choose to co-sleep, “attachment" parents are sensitive and
responsive to their children’s sleep difficulties. These articles can
help you solve sleep problems without resorting "cry it out" methods:
Anthropologist and sleep expert,
Director of the Mother-Infant Sleep Laboratory at Notre Dame University,
provides a wealth of information about safe co-sleeping practices. His
articles are published on the Lab website. You might also want to check
out his book about co-sleeping with babies.