As revealing as Freakonomics, shocking as Fast Food Nation and 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.
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