Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies?

Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies?

by Amy Brown

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780662756
Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dr Amy Brown is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Heath at Swansea University where she leads the MSc in Child Public Health. She is an editor for the International Breastfeeding Journal and PLoS One. She lives in South West Wales with her three children.

Table of Contents

Where to get breastfeeding support 6

Foreword Sue Ashmore 9

A thank you 10

Prologue 12

Introduction 18

1 The Issue 23

Breastfeeding and health 23

Mothers' health 37

The economics of breastfeeding 44

We're (not) breastfeeding all over the world: how Western culture struggles with breastfeeding 50

Not meeting breastfeeding goals: the not-so-small issue of guilt and regret 57

2 Knowledge 73

What is breastfeeding really like? 73

How often do breastfed babies really feed? 76

And what about sleep? 88

And what about weight? 102

3 Psycho-Socio-Cultural Factors 113

Phyiscal factors 113

The early days 124

Pain, illness and low milk supply 136

4 On Being A Mother 143

Transition to motherhood 144

Parenting culture 154

Breastfeeding and work 168

Body image, or 'I just want my body back' 179

Maternal mental health 190

Personality and breastfeeding 199

5 Social Influences 206

Family and friends 206

Men and breastfeeding 212

Professional support 223

6 Breastfeeding in Modern Culture 237

'Breast is best… but we don't want to see THAT' 237

Technology and breastfeeding 255

7 The Political 266

'If you want to move on from breastfeeding… give us all your money' 266

We're (not) all in this together 281

8 How Can We Protect Breastfeeding? 289

Breast is not best 291

What do women really want? 297

What about breastfeeding support after the birth? 308

How do we handle supporting all women? 312

Appendix: WBTi open letter to the government 314

References 319

Index 343

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