23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Useful breastfeeding info as well as politics,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Politics of Breastfeeding (Issues in Women's Health) (Paperback)
This book will make you angry, as it describes the way many women and babies have been conned out of their birthright. However, it is not just about politics. It contains plenty of information about breastfeeding and health (for both mother and baby), with references. The writing style is easy to read and entertaining, and lots of anecdotes make it personal in tone. There is practical information on breastfeeding too - good to read BEFORE you have a child.
As far as the 'politics' bit goes, the book was stimulating, informative, and yes, I got angry. This is despite the fact that I disagreed totally with the author's views on economics - she is straight out of the pages of the Socialist Workers Student Society newsletter. She appears to blame most of the world's evils on the free market, but it was Government-employed medical staff who wrecked breastfeeding in the 1950s and thereabouts. Nestle & co may peddle artificial baby milks, but women only started using them when doctors, midwives or health visitors told them to supplement.
Aside from that, great book - exposes the pro-bottlefeeding arguments for the deceitful tosh that they are.