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More about Tanya’s Big Book of Breastfeeding.

January 12, 2016

Just heard that this is going into paperback – so I thought I’d repost it.


ethnographies of breastfeeding

You can order this book here…

The great thing about this book, I mean the important thing, the game-changing thing about it – is its power, building on the strength of international global ethnographic evidence, to  reconfigure debates about babies and human milk so that breastfeeding is no longer just about the imposition of obligations on individual women.   In the so-called “West”, or rather “North America plus North West Europe” – breastfeeding is often organised around the question of maternal obligation, an obligation that is intransitive and may be suspected as being derived from a male dominated medical establishment.  Informal debates are dominated by the issue of the “pressure on women” to breastfeed.

This book does not ignore this debate or this pressure – but rather it expands and reorganises it.  If infant feeding is supposed to be important – then what does society (or what do societies)…

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