Why Attachment Parenting Isn’t For Me
- May 14, 2012
- by Melissa Lawrence
Nothing stirs up the parenting world quite like posting a picture of a mom breastfeeding her 3-year-old son on the cover of Time Magazine. And boy, stir it up they did with the corresponding headline, “Are You Mom Enough?” paired with a no-nonsense article about attachment parenting.
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Take one glance at the magazine cover and you’ll see a young and beautiful Jamie Grumet staring straight into the camera as she nurses her 3-year-old toddler. Accompanied by the headline “Are You Mom Enough?”, the article explains that despite being seen as controversial, more and more moms are adopting the attachment parenting method of raising their children. As a mother of five and an avid breastfeeder, I have so much respect for moms who do this, yet I have to admit that I never ONCE practiced attachment parenting and I can’t imagine how other mothers manage to do it. As soon as I was done caring for my baby – as in feeding, burping, and changing diapers – I instinctively put my baby down in the crib and used that time in between for the other things I had to get done. With newborns especially, I found that the whole feeding process could take up to an hour and a half, so that time in between feedings was crucial for me to regain my sanity and manage to stay atop of my life.
Whether I was answering emails, making a phone call, getting a quick bite to eat, or trying to squeeze a nap in, that time when the baby napped or slept in her crib was very important to me. This makes me wonder how mothers who stick to baby-wearing manage to do all the things I know I had to do. I admire them so much, I’m awestruck, but yet I am mystified.
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