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  • ISBN: 9780312126254
  • ISBN10: 0312126255

Feminism, Breasts and Breast-Feeding

by Pam Carter

  • List Price: $95.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publish date: 10/01/1995
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Using a feminist perspective this book examines the vast amount of writing and talking about breast-feeding. Drawing on women's own accounts the author shows that most texts considerably oversimplify the picture by suggesting baby-milk manufacturers as the only villains of the piece in the decline of breast-feeding during the twentieth century. A more complex understanding takes account of the sexualisation of breasts, the working conditions under which infant-feeding takes place, professional interventions into mothering, and women's experiences of their bodies. Class and race are also significant: middle-class women to follow professional advice; black women particularly disappoint Western policy-makers in not living up to expectations that they will be natural breast-feeders. Policies, professional guidelines and popular breast-feeding books, shown to be preoccupied with getting women to do what they deem is natural, fail to address women's real needs. Finally, ideas for a feminist practice in infant-feeding are explored.
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