Nighttime Breastfeeding: An American Cultural Dilemma

Front Cover
Berghahn Books, Oct 1, 2014 - Health & Fitness - 316 pages

Nighttime for many new parents in the United States is fraught with the intense challenges of learning to breastfeed and helping their babies sleep so they can get rest themselves. Through careful ethnographic study of the dilemmas raised by nighttime breastfeeding, and their examination in the context of anthropological, historical, and feminist studies, this volume unravels the cultural tensions that underlie these difficulties. As parents negotiate these dilemmas, they not only confront conflicting medical guidelines about breastfeeding and solitary infant sleep, but also larger questions about cultural and moral expectations for children and parents, and their relationship with one another.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Introduction
1
An Anthropological Approach to the Study of Nighttime Breastfeeding and Sleep
25
Chapter 2 Struggles over Authoritative Knowledge and Choice in Breastfeeding and Infant Sleep in the United States
55
Chapter 3 Making Breastfeeding Parents in Childbirth Education Courses
89
Chapter 4 Dispatches from the Moral Minefield of Breastfeeding
120
Chapter 5 Breastfeeding as Mens Kin Work
144
Producing Children Kinship and Moral Imagination in the House
171
Nighttime Breastfeeding and Capitalist Temporal Regimes
208
Conclusion
240
Appendix I SleepingFeeding Log
245
Appendix II Table of Demographic Characteristics of the Couples Involved in the Study
247
Appendix III Biographical Sketches of the Core Participants
249
Bibliography
261
Index
289
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2014)

Cecília Tomori is a medical anthropologist who has worked as a health services researcher at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and is currently a Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Bibliographic information