Description: This outstanding, well-referenced book describes the recent trends in the U.S. toward breastfeeding as the norm for infant nutrition. It presents comprehensive discussions on the state of breastfeeding in the U.S. and cogent arguments for increasing the number of mothers breastfeeding.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe the progress in the U.S. healthcare system toward "reclaiming" breast-feeding as the norm in America. Considering the movement in the U.S. since the 1970s toward breastfeeding, a review of the progress is a very worthy goal. The authors have done an outstanding job of covering the topic and an outstanding job in presenting the material.
Audience: This book is written for the advanced practitioner, especially those in pediatrics, obstetrics and public health. It is especially useful for those involved in creating policy. According the editor, the book is not intended as a general reference about breastfeeding and this readily apparent and appropriate. The editor and the authors are very qualified in this area, and a few have national reputations.
Features: This book covers the current state of breastfeeding in the U.S. and sets out convincing arguments for the continuation of the current trend toward breastfeeding as the norm. The book is easy to read with a pleasing contemporary layout and appearance. It is remarkably well referenced with current literature. I believe the book would better complete its contemporary feel with the use of a san-serif type.
Assessment: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It discusses some aspects of the state of the trend toward breastfeeding in the U.S. as a norm, not easily found in the literature. The book also addresses whether or not recent policy trends such as "baby friendly" facilities, lactation consultation services, banked donor milk and public policy have accomplished their goals, whether and how these goals should be changed.