on 7 August 2011
This book has a lot of interesting parts, particulary on the rise of formula feeding (FF), rather breaking the myth we (I?) have that women were completly content to breastfeed before the 1960's...The author also looks at other cultures for a fuller understanding of BF mores...all very interesting.
At times the "facts" in the book are clearly anecdotal and data poorly interpreted in an eagerness to present a story. Eg women in developing countried don't BF because formula company pressure advertising, but a second interpretation could be because the women have to work in unprotected conditions - India may have great maternity rights, but I guess most women do not have work contracts and thus have to contiue working or face poverty. Combining full time employment with BF even in Europe is difficult enough!
I'd hoped the book would deal more with the westernised image of the breast and other social factors which may hinder women BF. This is surely a break on young women choosing to BF despite great maternity working options in Europe....something I see in friends in any case. I also found the book a little too US-biased and a little too campaign-y - surely not ALL BF woes can be attributed to Nestlé?
Interesting read though!
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on 23 April 1997
This book is very inspiring as well as being very well researched. It is the perfect follow-up to Gabrielle Palmer's Politics of Breastfeeding. It documents the continued violations of the World Health Organization's Code for the Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes by formula companies while describing the history of infant feeding practises around the world. A very provocative read.
on 20 February 1998
Baumslag has done an excellent job again to help promote the ways and whys of breastfeeding, to help health professionals, potential breastfeeders, and, most importantly, the little ones who stand to benefit most.