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Bottled Up: How the Way We Feed Babies Has Come to Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn't Hardcover – October 18, 2012
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My daughter formula fed each of her three babies and I'm not going to tell you why because, quite frankly, it doesn't matter! My daughter had her children between 2006 and 2010 at a 'baby-friendly' hospital where she was told she 'failed to breastfeed', made to feel she was the only mother who was unable to successfully feed, then given no instructions on how to safely prepare a bottle of formula. She, also, proved to be a wonderful mother!
Times were certainly different, yet both my wife and daughter are wonderful mothers who cared for their children in the best way they possibly could, with unconditional love... after all, what normal mother doesn't do what is best for her babies?
And I believe this to be the main point to Suzanne Barston's debut book Bottled Up, which was a wonderful and easy read with just the right mixture of personal experiences, humour, and well researched facts.
Mothering is not an easy task and every mother and every family and every baby is different with different individual needs... so every mother should be supported unconditionally in whatever she has decided is best for her, her baby, and her family.
Bottled Up will go a long way to re-enforcing that viewpoint and I'd highly recommend every prospective mother read this book, before the baby arrives!
I'd simply say, from a man's point of view, "just feed the baby!" :)
why cans of formula come with a warning label that says breast is best
what's going on behind the scenes at the AAP, and what's the science behind their claims
why you had troubles supplying enough milk when 95% of moms can breastfeed with no issue
or the question posed in her introduction "Is breastfeeding really so superior that it justifies the guilt trip we heap on all of these women?"
...then this book is for you.
This was a fascinating read of everything that you DON'T hear about in the news or in your breastfeeding class. The author is in no way slamming breastfeeding and touts it as a perfect food, and does not in any way want to discourage breastfeeding. What she is doing is exposing the other side of the coin, the hidden side, the part that mothers, policymakers, or LCs wouldn't dare voice. The problems, the costs, the complications, and the science, but mostly focused on the human beings--the mothers who have to endure overwhelming societal pressure and what they have to say.
The book starts as historical journey, the author takes us down the series of events that led our nation and world to where it is today in terms of feeding wars. I would like to combine these chapters with the beginning of Lenore Skenazy's "Free Range Kids" into a book entitled "Why you are an anxiety-filled American parent in 2012". She then goes into some unexpected and eye-opening territory in a chapter on postpartum depression, coming to some innovative solutions to help women, of which I have dogeared the pages to show to my public health coworkers on Monday morning.Read more ›
Well, okay, it is, but in a sense, it is about so much more. Barston masterfully makes the case not only that how we feed babies has come to define motherhood, but I also came away from this book feeling that this is one of the defining fronts on the war against women--a front that is curiously largely ignored by the media as well as many feminists, even while it is waged against women by governments, non-governmental agencies, health care practitioners, researchers, and, most insidiously, other women. When this generation of mothers reaches old age, they probably won't remember the proclamations of pundits about who pays for birth control or the outrageous statements of male politicians about rape. But many will regretfully remember how they were forced into a one-size-fits-all model of motherhood that defines a woman's worth solely on how her breasts work, pressured by a society that mandates breastfeeding as a necessary component of good motherhood yet barely even pays lip service to the support structures necessary to make it possible. Which makes this book a crucial work for a wide audience--everyone from parents-to-be to doctors to feminists to lawmakers.
Far from being anti-breastfeeding, one gets the sense that this is something Barston would have dearly loved to do and wishes it was as simple as breastfeeding activist organizations and health care practitioners paint it. She is clear that, all things being equal, breastfeeding is the ideal way to feed a child. But the crux of this book is that, on so many fronts, things are NOT equal. Women are set up to fail, and as a result sometimes experience devastating, long-term health consequences.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful and much-needed book! I'm a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse-practitioner who assists women throughout their pregnancy/delivery/post-birth care and in... Read morePublished 28 days ago by nightowl
This book is a must read for all mothers who struggle with the emotional aspect of formula feeding. It got me through the tears I had in having to give up breastfeeding for medical... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Emily P.R.
Thank you Susie Barston for bring the FACTS and SCIENCE to the forefront in the midst of the propaganda and shaming from the activist world. Read morePublished 1 month ago by naptowngirl1990
The subject matter of Bottled Up is a personal one for me. After reading Barston's book, I finally feel that I am not alone in noticing the phenomenon she describes as part of our... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Christina
Absolutely loved this book. As a mom who had no choice but to formula feed, this was a great read that empowered my belief that I made the best choice for my child. Read morePublished 8 months ago by bandgirl06
Such a needed perspective on baby feeding. I wish I would have found this while struggling with lactation failure. This book is informative and helpful. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Angela
I am a mom choosing to bottle feed my child. There are a number of factors going into my decision, but like this book says...it is ultimately my choice and my family's. Read morePublished 9 months ago by m
I couldn't have discovered this book at a better time. I was dealing with PPD and guilt for not being able to breastfeed my new daughter longer than a week. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jessica Beatty
Reading this book was a turning point for me. I let go off any negative feelings I had toward formula feeding my children.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer