Attachment Parenting vs the NHS – what’s the problem?

Attachment Parenting vs the NHS – what’s the problem?

I am a mum of two whose ethos, I would say, is pretty sympathetic to "attachment parenting". In my view, we are basically mammals, and natural birth, breastfeeding, co-sleeping and baby-wearing are all normal and natural things for mothers and babies. Here’s the thing, I am also a qualified paediatric nurse. And NHS professionals often seem to have a problem with attachment parenting.

Many parents, including myself, have encountered a range of health professionals including doctors, nurses, midwives, health visitors and dieticians who are less than supportive of this approach. They may even be downright negative or antagonistic about your childrearing decisions, as though they are somehow new-fangled and dangerous! Why is this? Why are child-rearing practices common in most of the world, and common in the UK until recently, viewed with such suspicion? Well, I guess I can look back to my own nurse training and experience on the wards to help me answer this.

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