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The Politics of Breastfeeding (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Gabrielle Palmer
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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.
3rd fully revised and updated edition.

"This book is the most profound exploration of the global and personal costs of artificial feeding I have encountered. It is heartbreaking, challenging, and a page-turner." Anna Swisher, ILCA
There are many people who prefer to focus on the beauty of breastfeeding, and don't want to look behind the scenes; don't want to look how, why, when and where breasts 'are bad for business', or that a baby dies every thirty seconds due to lack of breastfeeding and the use of bottles and counterfeit milks. This is a book to awaken the masses, to make us sit up and notice. If only we would. Countless breastfeeding books exist, but few with the passion, integrity and importance of this one."Veronika Robinson - The Mother
"A truly 'life-changing' book." ABM
"It is a story that every food campaigner, indeed political activist in any field, should read carefully." The Food Magazine
"In this most fascinating book, Palmer examines how it came to be that lactation, one of nature’s star turns, came to be, culturally, another human mess... I urge you to read this book. It is such a powerful, eye-opening read for all of us and not just breastfeeding mums but everyone, man or woman, who cares about children and all of society." Breastfeeding Matters, La Leche League GB
"This book is authoritative about the evidence for breastfeeding, while making one's blood boil about the folly and, alas sometimes, venality of the social and commercial forces that stop this vital function of early life and parenting from being the norm. It's a great read about a vital public health service." Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University London

preface to the third edition | why breastfeeding is political | the right to call ourselves mammals: the importance of biology | how breastfeeding works – and how it was damaged | beauty, breasts and books | a taste for infant feeding | it’s not just the milk that counts | your generous donations could do more harm than good | hiv and breastfeeding | life, death and birth | population, fertility and sex | from the stone age to steam engines: a gallop through history | other women’s babies: wet nursing | the industrial revolution in britain: the era of progress? | markets are not created by god | the lure of the global market | what is the code? | power struggles | dying for the code | documents and declarations | work, economics and the value of mothering | ecology, waste and greed | epilogue

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'An excellent book: clear, comprehensive and entertainingly written’ New Internationalist. In a fully revised and updated new edition, this powerful and provocative book proves that breastfeeding is much more than a matter of personal inclination. Women all over the world are still being tricked into feeding their babies artificially and this affects us all: our health, our environment and the global economy.

Gabrielle Palmer asks whether bottle feeding really does free women to lead more fulfilling lives. She examines social attitudes in a world where a woman who does breastfeed her child risks losing what little income she earns, and alerts us to the commercial reasons behind doctor's recommendations. With an engaging blend of facts, insight and anecdote, Gabrielle Palmer puts infant feeding 'fashions' into their historic and economic contexts. She shows how both poor and rich women suffer the consequences when men assume control over their bodies. She discusses the ecological effects of the decline in breastfeeding, the nutritional myths and the implications of such issues as radioactivity, breast cancer and AIDS.

The Politics of Breastfeeding challenges our complacency about how we feed our children and radically reappraises a subject which is all too often linked only with nursing mothers.

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Préparant une thèse sur l'allaitement long, je pensais connaitre déjà beaucoup de choses sur l'allaitement, mais ce libre est une mine d'information. L'auteure explique parfaitement les manipulations des industriels pour faire croire à tous qu'allaiter est compliqué et que nous avons besoin de lait en poudre pour nos bébés.
Elle reprend l'avènement des laits artificiels et comment les industriels ont créé un besoin et ont réussi à ce que le biberon devienne la référence pour l'alimentation des nourrissons et des jeunes enfants.
Elle aborde des sujets, tels que le travail des mères, le rôle du père, le rôle des médias, la valeur économique du lait maternel. Elle raconte les pratiques des grands groupes aussi bien dans les pays développés que dans les pays en voie de développement.
Je recommande vivement sa lecture à tout le monde !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderfully educational, painfully true. 23 août 1998
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As a breastfeeding advocate myself, I wish that all young men and women were required to read this in high school, before parnethood. This book lets the reader see the conection between money, big business, and formula marketing. The book educates on the vast differences between artifical feeding and human milk, differences that the general population is unaware of. If you want to get fired-up over an issue, this is the book for you.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A real eye opener! 10 juillet 1998
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As someone who had to defend breastfeeding my child, I already had strong views about how society looks at the practise. The first time I read this book (first edition)I found the history behind it fascinating. What really alarmed me, though, was the truth behind formulas and what used to pass as formula! After getting the second edition, I was dismayed to find that nothing had improved in 10 years. This book is well researched an passionate. Be warned! After reading this, you may just become an activist!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 motivational rhetoric for the breastfeeding advocate! 4 novembre 1999
Par Pamela - Publié sur Amazon.com
Already over ten years old, Gabrielle Palmer's eye-opening book pioneered some of the breastfeeding advocacy arguments being used by activists today.
Links obstacles placed in the way of breastfeeding mothers to the devaluation of the motherhood role which occurred during the growth of the industrial revolution.
Detailed history of breastfeeding and wet-nursing. Narrates the history of the Nestle scandal, in empathy with 3rd World perspective. A strong advocate for the rights of all babies to be nourished from the breast.
Counters anti-breastfeeding sentiment in today's society. Explains away sexuality myths which hinder women from breastfeeding in public. Terrific book for the breastfeeding professional who wants to boost their arguments!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "The Politics of Breastfeeding "is back and better than ever 31 juillet 2009
Par Elizabeth Hormann - Publié sur Amazon.com
"The Politics of Breastfeeding" has been revised and updated for 2009. The author is none too happy about the on-going need for this book. "Twenty years ago when I was writing the first edition, more than three thousand babies were dying every day from infections triggered by lack of breastfeeding and by the use of bottles, artificial milks and other risky products. This is still happening."

In many industrialized countries the issue is airbrushed away with the cocky self-assurance that these risks don't apply to "us". Think again. Powdered infant formula is not sterile and is sometimes contaminated with pathogens such as Enterobacter sakazakii, salmonella and staphylococcus aureus which can cause serious illnesses. The "2002 outbreaks of serious infection and one death amongst babies in a US hospital intensive care nursery" and the deaths of twins in Belgium cited by Palmer, are only the tip of the iceberg.

A 1988 analysis "found that one in five of the US babies who died at between seven days and 12 months of age did so because they were not breastfed". Since that time there has been no official action to reverse this and formula promotion has increased. This is not just down to the skullduggery of industry. It is also about the collusion of governmental bodies and medical powers-that-be which are supposed to have our best interests at heart.

A 2004 Department of Health and Human Services breastfeeding promotion campaign highlighting the risks of artificial feeding was derailed by industry pressure, the solid science behind it - supported by DHHS' own Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - trashed by DHHS upper management.

A 2008 CDC report ranked US infant mortality rate as 28th world-wide; Time magazine for August 3, 2009 puts it in 30th place; the CIA World Fact Book estimate for 2009 was 43rd place. There are many reasons for this but lack of breastfeeding gets no mention at all in these reports.

The reasons for this silence - and for the enduring campaign against breastfeeding - are very complex. Palmer unravels much of the mystery behind it - in 400 meticulously documented and beautifully written pages. It's absorbing reading - not just about breastfeeding but also about how we get bamboozled into needing" foods of all sorts that do not promote health. Reviews of earlier editions gave it 5 stars - I'd give it 7 if I could.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Awakened the Activist in me! 31 juillet 2001
Par Catherine Hallberg - Publié sur Amazon.com
I didn't understand breastfeeding advocacy until I read this book. Gabrielle Palmer covers all the bases on why we need to protect future generations from the mass marketing of infant formula, and how those products have become so prevalent throughout our society and the world. Covers the Nestle' illegal marketing tactics so thoroughly that I can't even consider buying any of their products. Background on the World Health Organisation's stance on the marketing of breastmilk substitutes made me realise what an all-encompassing public health issue breastfeeding is.
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