- 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: #916,411 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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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.