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The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding Hardcover – January 24, 2017

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"With abundant research to back her narrative, journalist Allers, who has two children, shows how and why American women have been made to feel ashamed of breast-feeding...Allers makes the message loud and clear: since breast-feeding provides the most benefits for mother and child, for those who are capable of doing so, it should be the feeding method of choice. Easily digested research and personal stories in support of breast-feeding and its importance to mothers and their children." -Kirkus Reviews

"Formula companies make millions by convincing women they aren’t capable of one of their most basic bodily functions, and have spent millions of marketing dollars aimed at women, doctors, hospitals, scientists and policymakers to hammer this point home for the past century. Allers is...transform[ing] the narrative surrounding breast-feeding into an empowering message." - The Washington Post

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KIMBERLY SEALS ALLERS is an award-winning journalist, and leading breastfeeding commentator. Her work has been featured in the New York Times,Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, CNN.com, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Daily News, Real Simple, Fortune, Pregnancy and many others. She has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Anderson Cooper, Fox News and the Huckabee Show and NPR. Kimberly worked at Fortune, Essence, New York Post and The Times (of London), before turning to freelance work. She is the author of The Mocha Manual® series of books and the co-author ofGiving Notice: Why the Best and Brightest are Leaving the Workplace.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin's Press (January 24, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250026962
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250026965
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.81 x 8.5 inches
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Kimberly Seals Allers has a vision for shifting the experience of birth and breastfeeding for all women. Kimberly is an award-winning journalist and author turned global maternal and infant health advocate. A former writer at Fortune magazine and senior editor at Essence, Kimberly's own motherhood journey inspired her to pivot her creative focus and analytical mind to writing about motherhood and the intersection of race, culture, policy and commercial interests.

Her first book, The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy(Amistad/HarperCollins), a first-of-its-kind pregnancy guidebook for black women from a sociological perspective, was released in 2006 and nominated for an NAACP Image Award. The top-selling Mocha Manual series continued with The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion into Profit and The Mocha Manual to Military Life. In 2017, Kimberly turned her attention to the issue of the culture of infant feeding in the U.S., writing The Big LetDown-How Medicine, Big Business and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding (St. Martin's Press). The book examines the societal norms, commercial interests, and policy gaps that influence how women feed their infants and why that matters to our society and public health.

A frequent contributor to The Washington Post, Huff Post and New York Times, Kimberly travels the world speaking about her big ideas for transforming the motherhood journey and sharing findings of nearly a decade of on-the-ground community work. A divorced mother of two, Kimberly loves traveling with her teenage children and taking Zumba classes.

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