Regardless of how you feed your baby, it's more than providing necessary sustenance. Feeding your baby allows you to spend quality time with your baby and show them they can count on you for their needs. For some, this is done by adopting the child-rearing philosophy of attachment parenting. If you're thinking about using this methodology and you plan on or currently nursing, there are things to know about attachment theory breastfeeding that can help you figure out if it's right for you and your baby.
Attachment parenting proposes that making a nurturing connection with your children is the best way to raise self-secure, independent, and empathetic children according to Web MD. It was made popular by well-known pediatrician Dr. William Sears in the early 2000s, although it's been around for several decades. Supporters of this style tout it as natural and innate love. Those who disagree with it say it assumes women automatically and naturally feel connected to their babies, and that all women want to essentially be on demand and make their babies the center of their universe.
Fundamentally all parents just want to bond with their babies and have choices about how to go about it. What works for one child or family, might not for another so it's nice to have options. Even within the attachment parenting philosophy, there are hard-lining principles, but also less rigid exceptions and variations that are more inclusive to everyone's particular lifestyle. This is especially true when it comes to attachment theory breastfeeding. Here are seven things you need to know about it as you play around with this philosophy or other parenting techniques.