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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This book is incredibly well referenced. Every comment and quote is annotated, making it a fabulous resource for anyone interested in, well, the politics of breast feeding. There is some seriously eye ... Read full review

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This powerful and provocative book shows that breastfeeding is much more than a matter of personal incliation. Women all over the world are still being tricked into feeding their babies artificialy and this affects us all: our health, our enviroment and the global economy. Read full review

Contents

the importance of biology
11
acknowledgments
364
the ten steps
370
Copyright

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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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