The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts are Bad for Business

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Pinter & Martin, 2009 - Business & Economics - 423 pages
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As revealing as Freakonomics, shocking as Fast Food Nationand 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.

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User Review  - Tanja Russita - Goodreads

Yes, it was definitely wonderful! Sometimes not an easy reading, somehow it seemed too long, sometimes depressing and sometimes obvious, but at the end very, very helpful in understanding the subject. And must-read for everybody who is interested in it. Read full review

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User Review  - Ashlee Stirling - Goodreads

Absolute rubbish. The great points that are made and interesting facts in this book are quickly overshadowed by nonsensical rot about conspiracy theories. As someone studying to be a lactation ... Read full review


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About the author (2009)

Gabrielle Palmer is a nutritionist and author. A breastfeeding counsellor in the 1970s, she later went on to help establish the UK IBFAN group, Baby Milk Action. In the early 1980s she worked in Mozambique. She has written 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 originally studied nutrition. She is a mother and a grandmother.

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