I'd like to consider myself a pretty level-headed individual; one who doesn't upset very easily or lose her cool over small, relatively unimportant things. However, being a mom has made me protective of myself, my choices and my family, to the point that I'm willing to stand up for myself and speak up for myself a little more than I usually would have. So, there are probably ways you don't realize you're angering moms who attachment parent; ways that you might not even be vindictively doing; ways that cause these moms distress because, like I said, we're protective mama bears, now.
Of course, that's not to say that every mom has become hypersensitive and, as a result, takes things "too personally" or gets upset for things that really shouldn't bother her (although, that's also relative and I'm of the notion that we shouldn't be trying to police people's emotions, regardless). I think, if anything, motherhood makes you stronger and more resilient to constant judgment and scrutiny. After all, everyone seems to have an opinion about our choices and/or what we think is best for our babies. Still, we're protective of our decisions because, in the end, those decisions affect our little ones and that responsibility isn't taken lightly. So, when a mom is told that co-sleeping, co-bathing, extended and/or on-demand breastfeeding and babywearing and any other aspect of attachment parenting is actually hurting her baby, she's not going to be all that happy. Can you really blame her?
While I'm all over talking about parenting and why I've made the decisions I've made, it sure would make those conversations much easier if people just avoided the following. I get that attachment parenting is somewhat misunderstood, but do your research, avoid these comments and, well, we'll all reach a better understanding.