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"Blossom's" Mayim Bialik Wrote the Book on Attachment Parenting (And Some Celeb Moms Who Follow It) (Photos)

Mayim gives the green light to attachment parenting

Mayim Bialik has certainly “blossomed.”

The one-time child star – now a Ph.D., thank you! – recently returned to sitcom-land with her recurring role in The Big Bang Theory. But she’s proudest of her role as a mom of two sons who’s also outspoken about attachment parenting. The holistic approach to parenthood emphasizes natural and instinctive methods of childbirth and child-rearing. Among them: home birth, extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby slings and “elimination communication” (a fancy phrase for infant toilet-training – and yes, you read that right).

She recently spoke to USA Today about her new book, Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way. Hitting the shelves in March, the book explains how to become a better parent by understanding and meeting a child’s basic needs.

Mayim calls herself “an accidental advocate for attachment parenting,” but still enjoys helping other moms trust their own instincts. “I don’t really think that I have any authority to write a parenting book,” she says, “so basically, I wrote what this style of parenting looks like in our own house. I have a neuroscience background…and I was trained to study hormones of attachment, so I definitely feel my parenting is informed by that.”

She stresses, “I don’t think that I get to tell anyone how to parent. The idea is more ‘what are the principles behind those kinds of decisions?’ and those [can] inform whatever style of parenting you choose.”

Still, don’t expect the book to be popular among those moms who opt for epidurals, formula, disposable diapers and strollers. Let’s face it: Anxiety and guilt go hand-in-hand with motherhood, and hackles have a way of going up when fellow moms suggest that their methods just might be an eensy bit better for a child than yours.

Take a look at some other famous moms who have followed some of the principles of attachment parenting:

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  • Kourtney Kardashian 1 of 5
    Kourtney Kardashian
    Kourtney let son Mason sleep in her bed right through toddlerhood. "I find it to be an amazing bonding experience for both mother and son, and I wouldn't have it any other way," she once blogged. Will she need a bigger bed when Baby #2 arrives?
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal 2 of 5
    Maggie Gyllenhaal
    Another supporter of public breastfeeding, Maggie created a stir when she was photographed nursing daughter Ramona without a cover-up. Maybe she'll get one at the baby shower for her new arrival.
  • Ricki Lake 3 of 5
    Ricki Lake
    After delivering her second son in a water birth at home, Ricki made a documentary about natural birthing.
  • Gwen Stefani 4 of 5
    Gwen Stefani
    Gwen breastfed both Kingston and Zuma past the 1-year mark, and admits feeling sad when Zuma weaned himself.
  • Keri Russell 5 of 5
    Keri Russell
    A supporter of attachment parenting, Keri used a sling for son River and breastfed him in public. No doubt she'll do the same with the baby she's expecting next year.

[Photos: Pacific Coast News]

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