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"Mother's Milk" examines how and why nursing a baby - the breast or bottle debate - has become such a complex experience in contemporary culture. By looking at medical, popular and scholarly materials, Bernice Hausman demonstrates how much is at stake in this ongoing debate - economically, socially, and in terms of women's rights. Feminism, she argues, has dropped the ball by ignoring the political and social tensions at work in debates over breastfeeding. Drawing upon biostatistical data, the health industry's own literature, practices in cultures as diverse as Sweden and !Kung society, and her wide knowledge of popular culture, Hausman demonstrates convincingly that breastfeeding has no simple story.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Dead Babies Chapter 2 Rational Management Chapter 3 Breast is Best Chapter 4 Stone Age Mothering Chapter 5 Womanly Arts Chapter 6 Breastfeeding, Feminism, and Activism Epilogue Lactation and Sexual Difference

About the Author

Bernice L. Hausman is Professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she also teaches for the Women's Studies Program. She is the author of Changing Sex: Transsexualism, Technology, and the Idea of Gender and writes about medicine, gender theory, and the body. She lives in Blacksburg, VA.

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'Hausman's book is in the best tradition of cultural studies' - Lillian Robinson, Head of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, Montreal

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