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January 02, 2005

Adoption and Attachment Resources

A friend of mine was asking me the other day for which resources I've found online concerning adoption and attachment. A good friend of hers is in the process of adopting an infant, and has been encouraged by church friends to use Gary Ezzo's "Babywise" manual with this adopted child. It's hard--I have an Ezzo-mama friend whose son was dx'd RAD, and an adoptive mom friend whose older child was dx'd RAD.

While one cannont conclusively say that "CIO/Ezzo --> Attachment Problems," there are many resources that indicate the parenting ideas expoused by Ezzo do undermine the development of parent/child attachment. Sadly, these parents do love their children dearly, even when their actions may be preventing a strong and healthy attached relationship.

Attachment Disorders
Adoption and Attachment

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Oh, this breaks my heart. Like you, I am not one to blanketly condemn Ezzo=RAD, but for vulnerable children, it seems logical (and experiential) that this kind of mothering could easily put a child with attachment vulnerability at risk for RAD.

Oh how I wish Christian mothers would seek mothering information and support from older women, rather than men who have never nursed an infant. Unfortunately the pickins are slim in the "older woman" department at many churches.

Posted by: Anne at January 6, 2005 03:04 PM

Anne! When I was on your blog yesterday, I was very impressed with the advocacy you do for breastfeeding. Way to go!

And as for Mr. Ezzo and Dr. Sears teaching about breastfeeding--well, at least Mrs. Sears has looooots of experience in that area to share with her husband. And Dr. Sears does seem to pay attention to the way God has designed breastfeeding to work.

Posted by: TulipGirl at January 6, 2005 11:18 PM

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