- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd; 3rd edition (July 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 190517716X
- ISBN-13: 978-1905177165
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts are Bad for Business Paperback – July 15, 2009
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About the Author
Gabrielle Palmer is a nutritionist and a campaigner. She was a breastfeeding counsellor in the 1970s and helped establish the UK pressure group Baby Milk Action. In the early 1980s she lived and worked as a volunteer in Mozambique. She has written, taught and campaigned on infant feeding issues, particularly the unethical marketing of baby foods. In the 1990s she co-directed the International Breastfeeding: Practice and Policy course at The Institute of Child Health in London until she went to live in China for two years. She has worked independently for various health and development agencies, including serving as HIV and Infant Feeding Officer for UNICEF New York. She recently worked at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she had originally studied nutrition. She is a mother and a grandmother.
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This book changed my opinions of formula feeding. It exposed the dangers of formula feeding in both developed, world powers (ie., melamine contaminated formula in 2008), and in developing nations (ie., unsanitary conditions and unclean water being used to both mix formula, and to clean bottles and nipples).
This book should also be an inspiration to women who want to breastfeed exclusively but are lacking support and confidence. I am tired of hearing women say, "My milk dried up too soon." That is the number 1 reason I hear for women I know as to why they stopped breastfeeding. This book clearly explains that with the right support and correct information, this can be avoided and even reversed!
I was inspired by the women she talks about who were able to exclusively breastfeed healthy babies while in poor conditions, such as in refugee camps. If the stress and malnutrition suffered by these women did not cause their supply to dwindle, I fully believe that the stress of 99% of new mothers would not be enough in itself to cause their supply to suffer.
This book IS biased toward exclusive breastfeeding, but after reading about why formula has been dangerous and a detriment to women and infants all over the world, decade after decade, I found myself becoming a stronger advocate for breastfeeding than I already was.
Read this book if you want to really learn something that will open your eyes and see past advertisements and preconceptions.
I feel very thankful to author and would highly recommend this book to everybody who is breastfeeding and to those who are not, but who are interested in modern history, anthropology and politics.
I think my consciousnes rises through this book's reading.