"With well-founded indignation, Baumslag and Michels describe a medical, political, economic, and historical background that has deprived too many infants of their nutritional birthright. Breastfeeding should need no defense...Yet a combination of forces, including sexism that distorts the breast's functional role and corporate greed that promotes artificial feeding in developing nations, has created a public health problem in which infants die unnecessariuly for lack of breast milk." - Choice "...not intended as a how-to manual but rather as an analysis of the medical, historical, social, economic, and political issues surrounding breastfeeding. Strongly in favor of breastfeeding under virtually any circumstances, the authors convincingly illustrate its medical and economic benefits to mothers, infants, and the general population. Useful appendixes include, among other items, a brief directory of organizations involved in the promotion of breastfeeding, a summary of recent legislation, and a recommended reading and resources list. With its in-depth analysis of the topic, this highly readable work is a worthwhile addition to public libraries and all large health sciences collections." - Library Journal "This book provides much information that parents and health workers need in order to understand the evolution of formula feeding and the impact made by associated advertisements." - Midwifery Matters "There's nothing wishy-washy about the authors' attitude about breast-feeding versus bottle-feeding: they marshal a range of medical, economic, cultural, and psychological arguments for the proposition that all infants would be better off if they were to receive some breastmilk. Baumslag...[and] Michels focus on why to (rather than how to) breast-feed. The authors survey the history of breast-feeding and its substitutes in a variety of cultures; explain the nutritional and immunological differences between breastmilk and various infant formulas; and examine the issues's economics, including the roles of formula manufacturers, governments, and employers of working mothers in the U.S. and around the world. A thorough analysis; includes tables, charts, and appendixes." - Booklist "This book covers a great deal. It contains a lively chapter on the history of breast-feeding, another on the value of human milk and a long chapter called Breastmilk Economics that covers the corporate and government politics." - The Women's Review of Books
From the Author
Provides an understanding why breastfeeding is an issue.
It is an irony that this book needed to be written. It wasn't that long ago that breastfeeding was as much a part of the maternal experience as pregnancy. Now, many American mothers think twice about it ... and decide not to bother. There are many wonderful books instructing women "how" to brestfeed, but information on "why" to is scarce. This books provides the big picture about breastfeeding, explaining its history, culture, biology and politics. It is an important book to help women understand the miracle substance they are capable of producing and to respect the magnificence of their bodies.
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