The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding

The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding

by Kimberly Seals Allers
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The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding by Kimberly Seals Allers

Pediatricians say you should but it's okay if you don't. The hospital says, "Breast is best," but sends you home with formula "just in case." Your sister-in-law says, "Of course you should!" Your mother says, "I didn't, and you turned out just fine." Celebrities are photographed nursing in public, yet breastfeeding mothers are asked to cover up in malls and on airplanes. Breastfeeding is a private act, yet everyone has an opinion about it. How did feeding our babies get so complicated?

Journalist and infant health advocate Kimberly Seals Allers breaks breastfeeding out of the realm of "personal choice" and shows our broader connection to an industrialized food system that begins at birth, the fallout of feminist ideals, and the federal policies that are far from family friendly. The Big Letdown uncovers the multibillion-dollar forces battling to replace mothers' milk and the failure of the medical establishment to protect infant health. Weaving together research and personal stories with original reporting on medicine, big pharma, and hospitals, Kimberly Seals Allers shows how mothers and babies have been abandoned by all the forces that should be supporting families from the start—and what we can do to help.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250026965
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/24/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 141,346
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

KIMBERLY SEALS ALLERS is an award-winning journalist, and leading breastfeeding commentator. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast,, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Daily News, Real Simple, Fortune, Pregnancy and many others. She has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Anderson Cooper, Fox News and the Huckabee Show and NPR. Kimberly worked at Fortune, Essence, New York Post and The Times (of London), before turning to freelance work. She is the author of The Mocha Manual® series of books and the co-author of Giving Notice: Why the Best and Brightest are Leaving the Workplace.

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The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Amazingly written, well researched, and profoundly sad to hear the history and challenges women have faced, and are still facing in our country and elsewhere. KSA has summarized a battle and story that many may not want to hear, but that women NEED to hear. Only when we understand the history, and the current state of infant feeding, can we begin to empower ourselves as women to demand change. With all the bad information out there, including from the doctors we trust for our children's health and care, its refreshing to see such a well presented body of facts. If mothers and families don't start demanding better for our children and ourselves, who will? Who is keeping the formula companies and pediatricians accountable if not us?
Anonymous 8 months ago
This book is the definitive work on how we undermine woman's infant feeding decisions and let them down with breastfeeding support. I highly recommend this book to parents, caregivers, health care providers and public health advocates who work directly to support breastfeeding. This book will leave you with deep insights into what's really going on out there and the forces that derail women from reaching their breastfeeding goals. In addition I hope it inspires you to reach into your community to reflect on the barriers that are happening there and use the insights from this book to help you become active in dismantling them.
Michael_B22 8 months ago
This book was great. I'll be honest, as a guy I didn't know what to expect. It's not necessarily something that I would have picked up on my own, but a friend recommended it and I couldn't put it down. Ms. Allers does a phenomenal job of bringing in all of the factors working against women who are just trying to feed their babies, she does it through creative story telling, but uses facts and figures to prove her point. Very well done!