The Big Letdown

Author: Kimberly Seals Allers
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250026970
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Pediatricians say you should but it's okay if you don't. The hospital says, "Breast is best," but sends you home with formula "just in case." Your sister-in-law says, "Of course you should!" Your mother says, "I didn't, and you turned out just fine." Celebrities are photographed nursing in public, yet breastfeeding mothers are asked to cover up in malls and on airplanes. Breastfeeding is a private act, yet everyone has an opinion about it. How did feeding our babies get so complicated? Journalist and infant health advocate Kimberly Seals Allers breaks breastfeeding out of the realm of "personal choice" and shows our broader connection to an industrialized food system that begins at birth, the fallout of feminist ideals, and the federal policies that are far from family friendly. The Big Letdown uncovers the multibillion-dollar forces battling to replace mothers' milk and the failure of the medical establishment to protect infant health. Weaving together research and personal stories with original reporting on medicine, big pharma, and hospitals, Kimberly Seals Allers shows how mothers and babies have been abandoned by all the forces that should be supporting families from the start--and what we can do to help.

The Big Letdown

Author: Kimberly Seals Allers
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250026962
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Author, journalist, and breastfeeding advocate Kimberly Seals Allers discusses the cultural, sociological, and economic forces that shape the breastfeeding culture and how it undermines women in the process.

Beyond Health Beyond Choice

Author: Paige Hall Smith
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813553164
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Current public health promotion of breastfeeding relies heavily on health messaging and individual behavior change. Women are told that “breast is best” but too little serious attention is given to addressing the many social, economic, and political factors that combine to limit women’s real choice to breastfeed beyond a few days or weeks. The result: women’s, infants’, and public health interests are undermined. Beyond Health, Beyond Choice examines how feminist perspectives can inform public health support for breastfeeding. Written by authors from diverse disciplines, perspectives, and countries, this collection of essays is arranged thematically and considers breastfeeding in relation to public health and health care; work and family; embodiment (specifically breastfeeding in public); economic and ethnic factors; guilt; violence; and commercialization. By examining women’s experiences and bringing feminist insights to bear on a public issue, the editors attempt to reframe the discussion to better inform public health approaches and political action. Doing so can help us recognize the value of breastfeeding for the public’s health and the important productive and reproductive contributions women make to the world.

Mother s Milk

Author: Bernice L. Hausman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135208271
Format: PDF
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Mother's Milk examines why nursing a baby is an ideologically charged experience in contemporary culture. Drawing upon medical studies, feminist scholarship, anthropological literature, and an intimate knowledge of breastfeeding itself, Bernice Hausman demonstrates what is at stake in mothers' infant feeding choices--economically, socially, and in terms of women's rights. Breastfeeding controversies, she argues, reveal social tensions around the meaning of women's bodies, the authority of science, and the value of maternity in American culture. A provocative and multi-faceted work, Mother's Milk will be of interest to anyone concerned with the politics of women's embodiment.

Tainted Milk

Author: Maia Boswell-Penc
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791481859
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An in-depth analysis of infant nourishment issues, focusing on environmentally contaminated breastmilk.

Unlatched

Author: Jennifer Grayson
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062423401
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From an environmental journalist and mother of two young breast-fed children comes this searing, insightful look into the breastfeeding controversy and puts “common knowledge” about this most natural of processes to the test by breaking down the complex cultural, corporate, political, and technological factors that have transformed the way people think about breastfeeding and the human experience. Since the rise of infant formula in the early twentieth century, breastfeeding has gone from a basic biological function to a never-ending controversy and hot topic in the media: an Instagram photo of Blake Lively breastfeeding her daughter gained 367,000 likes and was posted across media sites from USA Today to Us Weekly. A photo of an Argentinian politician breastfeeding her 8-month-old during a session of Parliament quickly went viral, drawing a mix of support and criticism. Target’s breastfeeding policy, allowing women to nurse in any area of the store, was recently shared on Facebook to praise from mothers across America. Clearly, this is a topic that constantly makes headlines and sparks heated discussion throughout the world. Growing up, Jennifer Grayson thought nothing of the fact that her mother had not breastfed her. It wasn’t until she became a mother herself that she realized she had missed out on a natural, profound, and incredibly important experience, one that she became determined to give to her own children. Her curiosity about breastfeeding soon turned to passion, leading her to launch a worldwide search for knowledge and stories of breastfeeding. From biblical times to eighteenth century France, from modern-day Mongolia to inner-city Los Angeles, Grayson explores the personal stories of breastfeeding women throughout history around the world. Along the way, she takes readers behind the scenes at a lactation research laboratory, interviews controversial breastfeeding figures including Dr. William Sears, and shares her own personal experience of extended breastfeeding her preschool and toddler daughters. Unlatched is a thorough and fascinating study of one of the most contentious issues affecting society today.

Complementary Feeding

Author: Gabrielle Palmer
Publisher: Pinter & Martin Publishers
ISBN: 1905177429
Format: PDF
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An ever-controversial subject, Children's nutrition is eloquently discussed by Gabrielle Palmer, author of The Politics of Breastfeeding, in this brief, compassionate and well-researched book. An invaluable insight into the current politics of complementary feeding.

Is Breast Best

Author: Joan B. Wolf
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1479838764
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Monitoring mothers : a recent history of following the doctor's orders -- The science : does breastfeeding make smarter, happier, and healthier babies? -- Minding your own (risky) business : health and personal responsibility -- From the womb to the breast : total motherhood and risk-free children -- Scaring mothers : the government campaign for breastfeeding -- Conclusion : whither breastfeeding?