Mother's Milk: Breastfeeding Controversies in American Culture

1st Edition

Bernice L. Hausman

Routledge
Published June 19, 2003
Reference - 288 Pages - 10 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415966573 - CAT# RT4248

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Summary

Mother's Milk examines why nursing a baby is an ideologically charged experience in contemporary culture. Drawing upon medical studies, feminist scholarship, anthropological literature, and an intimate knowledge of breastfeeding itself, Bernice Hausman demonstrates what is at stake in mothers' infant feeding choices--economically, socially, and in terms of women's rights. Breastfeeding controversies, she argues, reveal social tensions around the meaning of women's bodies, the authority of science, and the value of maternity in American culture. A provocative and multi-faceted work, Mother's Milk will be of interest to anyone concerned with the politics of women's embodiment.

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