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The Politics of Breastfeeding [Kindle Edition]

Gabrielle Palmer
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As revealing as Freakonomics, shocking as Fast Food Nationand thought provoking as No Logo, The Politics of Breastfeeding exposes infant feeding as one of the most important public health issues of our time.
Every thirty seconds a baby dies from infections due to a lack of breastfeeding and the use of bottles, artificial milks and other risky products. In her powerful book Gabrielle Palmer describes how big business uses subtle techniques to pressure parents to use alternatives to breastmilk. The infant feeding product companies’ thirst for profit systematically undermines mothers’ confidence in their ability to breastfeed their babies.
An essential and inspirational eye-opener, The Politics of Breastfeeding challenges our complacency about how we feed our children and radically reappraises a subject which concerns not only mothers, but everyone: man or woman, parent or childless, old or young.
3rd fully revised and updated edition.

"This book is the most profound exploration of the global and personal costs of artificial feeding I have encountered. It is heartbreaking, challenging, and a page-turner." Anna Swisher, ILCA
There are many people who prefer to focus on the beauty of breastfeeding, and don't want to look behind the scenes; don't want to look how, why, when and where breasts 'are bad for business', or that a baby dies every thirty seconds due to lack of breastfeeding and the use of bottles and counterfeit milks. This is a book to awaken the masses, to make us sit up and notice. If only we would. Countless breastfeeding books exist, but few with the passion, integrity and importance of this one."Veronika Robinson - The Mother
"A truly 'life-changing' book." ABM
"It is a story that every food campaigner, indeed political activist in any field, should read carefully." The Food Magazine
"In this most fascinating book, Palmer examines how it came to be that lactation, one of nature’s star turns, came to be, culturally, another human mess... I urge you to read this book. It is such a powerful, eye-opening read for all of us and not just breastfeeding mums but everyone, man or woman, who cares about children and all of society." Breastfeeding Matters, La Leche League GB
Endorsements:
"This book is authoritative about the evidence for breastfeeding, while making one's blood boil about the folly and, alas sometimes, venality of the social and commercial forces that stop this vital function of early life and parenting from being the norm. It's a great read about a vital public health service." Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University London

Contents:
preface to the third edition | why breastfeeding is political | the right to call ourselves mammals: the importance of biology | how breastfeeding works – and how it was damaged | beauty, breasts and books | a taste for infant feeding | it’s not just the milk that counts | your generous donations could do more harm than good | hiv and breastfeeding | life, death and birth | population, fertility and sex | from the stone age to steam engines: a gallop through history | other women’s babies: wet nursing | the industrial revolution in britain: the era of progress? | markets are not created by god | the lure of the global market | what is the code? | power struggles | dying for the code | documents and declarations | work, economics and the value of mothering | ecology, waste and greed | epilogue

About the Author

Gabrielle Palmer is a nutritionist and a campaigner. She was a breastfeeding counsellor in the 1970s and helped establish the UK pressure group Baby Milk Action. In the early 1980s she lived and worked as a volunteer in Mozambique. She has written, taught and campaigned on infant feeding issues, particularly the unethical marketing of baby foods.
In the 1990s she co-directed the International Breastfeeding: Practice and Policy course at The Institute of Child Health in London until she went to live in China for two years. She has worked independently for various health and development agencies, including serving as HIV and Infant Feeding Officer for UNICEF New York. She recently worked at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she had originally studied nutrition. She is a mother and a grandmother.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1825 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin; 3rd revised and updated edition (18 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JU1JCA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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Gabrielle Palmer is a nutritionist and a campaigner. She was a breastfeeding counsellor in the 1970s and helped establish the UK pressure group Baby Milk Action. In the early 1980s she lived and worked as a volunteer in Mozambique. She has written, taught and campaigned on infant feeding issues, particularly the unethical marketing of baby foods.
In the 1990s she co-directed the International Breastfeeding: Practice and Policy course at The Institute of Child Health in London until she went to live in China for two years. She has worked independently for various health and development agencies, including serving as HIV and Infant Feeding Officer for UNICEF New York. She recently worked at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she had originally studied nutrition.
She is a mother and a grandmother.
Her book Complementary Feeding: Nutrition, Culture and Politics will be published by Pinter & Martin in May 2011.
Gabrielle Palmer retired from active campaigning at the end of 2009.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener! 10 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
As someone who had to defend breastfeeding my child, I already had strong views about how society looks at the practise. The first time I read this book (first edition)I found the history behind it fascinating. What really alarmed me, though, was the truth behind formulas and what used to pass as formula! After getting the second edition, I was dismayed to find that nothing had improved in 10 years. This book is well researched an passionate. Be warned! After reading this, you may just become an activist!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening yet depressing 29 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
It makes me sad that any promotion of breastfeeding is now seen as 'making those who can't feed feel guilty'. This book explores how we have come to this point in the industrialised world, and looks at the impact of unethical marketing practices on developing countries.
Palmer really knows her stuff, and the book is well laid out, though the topic means it's not light reading. The myths around women's lives in history are explored, and I particularly enjoyed the information about natural birth spacing through breastfeeding, knowledge that has been all but lost, leading to more maternal deaths and ill health.
There is some hope, for example from projects in Brazil, but noone makes money from breastfeeding, and sadly I can't see the situation changing anytime soon.
All in all, a powerful book, meticulously researched, and highly recommended. Misses out on 5 stars simply because it seemed to fade at the end, rather than finish with a summing up, which I would have appreciated.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most powerful books ever written 17 Mar 2008
By Annie
Format:Paperback
I was overwhelmed when I read this book. I think it should be required reading in schools. It's so much more than just about how you feed a baby. It shows how choices have been taken away from women - and men - and how corrupt the world is. It's profoundly powerful, and sad in places. Everyone should read this book. I wonder why Oprah hasn't got hold of it yet?
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful book! A real eye-opener! 15 May 2001
Format:Paperback
I often wondered why women do not breastfeed anymore. Is it because it seems easier to bottlefeed, is it because they heard so much about possible problems, is it just because they are to vain and afraid what it will do to their breasts, etc?
Then I came across this book... breastfeeding is a long forgotten art, caused by many factors, main of them change in woman's place in society and workplace through industrial revolution, forceful and false advertising of artificial baby foods from manufacturers, often supported by medical profession, etc.
This book is a great study of the phenomena of breastfeeding (or rather its decline) and is well researched and supported by references of studies. The style is very friendly and easy to read, full of photos and with the extensive reference guide at the end.
I strongly recommend this book not only to mothers, but also to medical profession, anyone who studies the history of economics, media or advertising as well as human relations!
An absolute MUST read!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any parent or non-parent 1 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
I was recommended this by another parent and boy was I ignorant. I read this very quickly and was absolutely horrified by some of the actions of formula companies. In this world profit really does come before anything else. I love the 1st part of the book, where even as a mother of 2 breastfed babies, I learnt more than I ever knew about the amazing and wonder stuff that breastmilk is. This is a well researched book and by releasing a another edition, she has brought it right up to date. I was worried it would be preachy and dogmatic but this wasn't the case at all, the author has a sense of humour and while you can tell she is passionate about the subject, she does not allow the bias to come across.
The decline of breastfeeding affects society as a whole not just children and parents, everyone should read this book - I have passed it on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This book is truly informative & inspirational, it also made me very cross ( with artificial milk manufacturers not the author..)
I was already pro-breastfeeding mostly through the examples & support within my family, & it is truly appalling to see mapped out how many mothers have a perfectly good breastfeeding relationship ruined by those with a vested interest in artificial milk. Buy it, read it & spread the word.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts are Bad for Business
I have waited patiently, since the UNICEF conference in November, to get my hands on this book and it has been worth every second of the wait. I have read so much that can help me in my job that I will have to re-read it just to make sure I have taken it all in and remembered. This is not a book to read whilst on a relaxing holiday as it does make you blood boil to read about infant milk manufacturers practices. I did just that and almost fell out with my 80 year old mother in law when she adamantly assured me that her husband, 'who was reared on watered down condensed milk' came to no harm!
They say knowledge is power and I really believe that what I have acquired from reading The Politics of Breastfeeding will enable me to continue championing the breastfeeding cause!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts are Bad for Business

After having waited eagerly for over a year for this book (I kid you not I preordered it in Summer 2008) I can now say that it was well worth the wait.

It's without a doubt the sort of book that gets you thinking whilst really really cross - if it's not a call to action for those who read it I just don't know what will get people moving on this subject.

The book was easy to read, and well referenced.

My only criticism was probably that it came across as a bit ranty (perhaps only to me) towards the end and in all honesty I find the big scale thinking probably a bit unrealistic (the cynic in me? I wish I did not find it so?).

I have so far recommended this to all my friends with even the slightest interest in breastfeeding and women's issues, and will continue to do so.
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