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The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts are Bad for Business

The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts are Bad for Business

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By (author) Gabrielle Palmer

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  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 214mm x 26mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 15 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 190517716X
  • ISBN 13: 9781905177165
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 36
  • Sales rank: 27,819

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As revealing as "Freakonomics", shocking as "Fast Food Nation" and thought provoking as "No Logo", "The Politics of Breastfeeding" exposes infant feeding as one of the most important public health issues of our time. Every thirty seconds a baby dies from infections due to a lack of breastfeeding and the use of bottles, artificial milks and other risky products. In her powerful book Gabrielle Palmer describes how big business uses subtle techniques to pressure parents to use alternatives to breastmilk. The infant feeding product companies' thirst for profit systematically undermines mothers' confidence in their ability to breastfeed their babies. An essential and inspirational eye-opener, "The Politics of Breastfeeding" challenges our complacency about how we feed our children and radically reappraises a subject which concerns not only mothers, but everyone: man or woman, parent or childless, old or young. It is the 3rd fully revised and updated edition.

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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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By Sarah Campo 26 Jun 2009 5

This book is truly informative & inspirational, it also made me very cross ( with artificial milk manufacturers not the author..)
I was already pro-breastfeeding mostly through the examples & support within my family, & it is truly appalling to see mapped out how many mothers have a perfectly good breastfeeding relationship ruined by those with a vested interest in artificial milk. Buy it, read it & spread the word.

Table of contents

preface to the third edition why breastfeeding is political the right to call ourselves mammals: the importance of biology how breastfeeding works - and how it was damaged beauty, breasts and books a taste for infant feeding it's not just the milk that counts your generous donations could do more harm than good hiv and breastfeeding life, death and birth population, fertility and sex from the stone age to steam engines: a gallop through history other women's babies: wet nursing the industrial revolution in britain: the era of progress? markets are not created by god the lure of the global market what is the code? power struggles dying for the code documents and declarations work, economics and the value of mothering ecology, waste and greed epilogue