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"The authors have provided an easy-to-read, up-to-date source for understanding breastfeeding from a wide variety of perspectives--historical, medical, economic, and political. More significantly, they make this information accessible by addressing commonly-asked questions: Is the milk good enough? Isn't formula just a Third World issue? Is mother's milk always safe? How should formula be sold?"-Penny Van Esterik Associate Professor of Anthropology, York University, Toronto
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.