The Politics of Breastfeeding

The Politics of Breastfeeding

Author: Gabrielle Palmer

Publisher: Pinter & Martin Publishers

ISBN: 9781905177165

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 548

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Now fully updated, this text explores the political, economic, and social implications of bottle feeding versus breastfeeding in today's society.

Why the Politics of Breastfeeding Matter

Why the Politics of Breastfeeding Matter

Author: Susan Last

Publisher: Pinter & Martin

ISBN: 1780665253

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 128

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This book is a short introduction to Gabrielle Palmer's The Politics of Breastfeeding, first published in 1988, which exposed infant feeding as one of the most important global public health issues of our time.

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Author: Dana Sullivan

Publisher: Harvard Common Press

ISBN: 9781558326149

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 240

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A collection of women's thoughts about the pleasures, pains, and politics of breastfeeding.

Ethics and Politics of Breastfeeding

Ethics and Politics of Breastfeeding

Author: Robyn Lee

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781487503710

Category: Medical

Page: 254

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Responding to the most widely read breastfeeding manual, La Leche League's The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Robyn Lee's The Ethics and Politics of Breastfeeding explores breastfeeding as an art that must be developed through skillful application of effort and distinguished from a merely natural or physiological process. The Ethics and Politics of Breastfeeding challenges the dominant understanding of breastfeeding and cultivates an alternative conception as an ethical, embodied practice of the self. Drawing on the work of Michel Foucault, Emmanuel Levinas, and Luce Irigaray, Lee develops a new understanding of breastfeeding as an "art of living," where the practice is reconsidered in the light of ongoing social inequalities.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

Author: Patricia Stuart-Macadam

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351530736

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 491

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Breastfeeding is a biocultural phenomenon: not only is it a biological process, but it is also a culturally determined behavior. As such, it has important implications for understanding the past, present, and future condition of our species. In general, scholars have emphasized either the biological or the cultural aspects of breastfeeding, but not both. As biological anthropologists the editors of this volume feel that an evolutionary approach combining both aspects is essential. One of the goals of their book is to incorporate data from diverse fields to present a more holistic view of breastfeeding, through the inclusion of research from a number of different disciplines, including biological and social/cultural anthropology, nutrition, and medicine. The resulting book, presenting the complexity of the issues surrounding very basic decisions about infant nutrition, will fill a void in the existing literature on breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding and HIV/AIDS

Breastfeeding and HIV/AIDS

Author: Edith White

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786406941

Category: Medical

Page: 216

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The spread of the AIDS virus has introduced a new element into the formula-versus-breastfeeding controversy. Mothers, particularly those in developing nations, have been urged to breastfeed in order to better nourish their infants and protect them from disease or contaminants in the water used to prepare formula. Now, however, mothers and healthcare workers must consider the danger of transmitting AIDS via breastfeeding. When HIV-infected women nurse their children, they significantly increase the risk of transmitting the virus. The issue is further complicated in countries where the alternatives are not very promising and in cultures that stigmatize women for even undergoing AIDS testing. This informative analysis includes the development of research into HIV and breastfeeding, the medical and political questions surrounding the controversy, and options and solutions for women to consider in feeding their infants. Fully indexed, this book is an important contribution to the social and medical studies of one of the most tragic facets of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Is Breast Best?

Is Breast Best?

Author: Joan B. Wolf

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479838769

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 260

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“Wolf offers a powerful and important cultural critique...this is an insightful and eye-opening book that will be of interest to sociologists of gender, medical sociologists, and science studies scholars.”—American Journal of Sociology “Wolf notes the 'insular and unidimensional zealotry' of breastfeeding campaigners and skillfully uncovers elements of racism and elitism in their behavior toward working women who do not have the luxury to breastfeed.”—Choice “Beautifully written, powerfully argued. . . . Challenges the science prescription that all infants must be breastfed.”—Linda Blum, author of At the Breast: Ideologies of Breastfeeding and Motherhood in the Contemporary United States Why has breastfeeding re-asserted itself over the last twenty years, and why are the government, the scientific and medical communities, and so many mothers so invested in the idea? In Is Breast Best? Joan B. Wolf challenges the widespread belief that breastfeeding is medically superior to bottle-feeding. Despite the fact that breastfeeding has become the ultimate expression of maternal dedication, Wolf writes, the conviction that breastfeeding provides babies unique health benefits and that formula feeding is a risky substitute is unsubstantiated by the evidence. In accessible prose, Wolf argues that a public obsession with health and what she calls “total motherhood” has made breastfeeding a cause célèbre, and that public discussions of breastfeeding say more about infatuation with personal responsibility and perfect mothering in America than they do about the concrete benefits of the breast. Parsing the rhetoric of expert advice, including the recent National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign, and rigorously questioning the scientific evidence, Is Breast Best? uncovers a path by which a mother can feel informed and confident about how best to feed her thriving infant—whether flourishing by breast or by bottle. Joan B. Wolf is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at Texas A&M University and author of Harnessing the Holocaust: The Politics of Memory in France. In the Biopolitics series

Social experiences of breastfeeding

Social experiences of breastfeeding

Author: Sally Dowling

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781447338512

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 280

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This book brings together international academics, policy makers and practitioners to build bridges between the real-world and scholarship on breastfeeding. It asks the question: How can the latest social science research into breastfeeding be used to improve support at both policy and practice level, in order to help women breastfeed and to breastfeed for longer? The edited collection includes discussion about the social and cultural contexts of breastfeeding and looks at how policy and practice can apply this to women’s experiences. This will be essential reading for academics, policy makers and practitioners in public health, midwifery, child health, sociology, women's studies, psychology, human geography and anthropology, who want to make a real change for mothers.

The Politics of the Body

The Politics of the Body

Author: Alison Phipps

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780745682778

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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Winner of the 2015 FWSA Book Prize The body is a site of impassioned, fraught and complex debate in the West today. In one political moment, left-wingers, academics and feminists have defended powerful men accused of sex crimes, positioned topless pictures in the tabloids as empowering, and opposed them for sexualizing breasts and undermining their 'natural' function. At the same time they have been criticized by extreme-right groups for ignoring honour killings and other 'culture-based' forms of violence against women. How can we make sense of this varied terrain? In this important and challenging new book, Alison Phipps constructs a political sociology of women's bodies around key debates: sexual violence, gender and Islam, sex work and motherhood. Her analysis uncovers dubious rhetorics and paradoxical allegiances, and contextualizes these within the powerful coalition of neoliberal and neoconservative frameworks. She explores how 'feminism' can be caricatured and vilified at both ends of the political spectrum, arguing that Western feminisms are now faced with complex problems of positioning in a world where gender often comes second to other political priorities. This book provides a welcome investigation into Western politics around women's bodies, and will be particularly useful to scholars and upper-level students of sociology, political science, gender studies and cultural studies, as well as to anyone interested in how bodies become politicized.

Women's Health: Understanding Issues and Influences [2 volumes]

Women's Health: Understanding Issues and Influences [2 volumes]

Author: Jillian M. Duquaine-Watson

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440873775

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 784

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Women are more likely than men to experience mood disorders, certain types of cancer, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, arthritis, lupus, and celiac disease. In addition, women face significantly more barriers to health care than men due to a variety of social, economic, political, and environmental factors, including inequality, poverty, legislation, and pollution. Despite this, the field of women's and girls' health remains both understudied and underfunded. Women's Health: Understanding Issues and Influences explores important topics in the field of women's health in the early 21st century, offering readers a comprehensive and informative yet accessible introduction to women's health in the United States. While some topics are unique to women's health, others illustrate how women's health and women's experiences within the U.S. health care system are different from men's, as well as how certain health issues impact women differently than men. Entries have been crafted by a diverse team of contributors with wide-ranging expertise, and each entry features a collection of further readings and cross references to other relevant entries.

Complementary Feeding

Complementary Feeding

Author: Gabrielle Palmer

Publisher: Pinter & Martin Publishers

ISBN: 9781905177424

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 122

View: 392

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.