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Is Breast Best?: Taking on the Breastfeeding Experts and the New High Stakes of Motherhood

Joan B. Wolf

Abstract

Why has breastfeeding re-asserted itself over the last twenty years, and why are the government, the scientific and medical communities, and so many mothers so invested in the idea? This book challenges the widespread belief that breastfeeding is medically superior to bottle-feeding. Despite the fact that breastfeeding has become the ultimate expression of maternal dedication the conviction that breastfeeding provides babies unique health benefits and that formula feeding is a risky substitute is unsubstantiated by the evidence. The book argues that a public obsession with health and what she ... More

Keywords: breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, babies, health benefits, personal responsibility, mothering, mothers, infants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814794814
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814794814.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joan B. Wolf, author