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March 30th, 2008, 08:13 PM
moon~maiden's Avatar Cheryl~ birth truster
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currently reading the book At the Breast: Ideologies of breastfeeding and Motherhood in the Contemporary United States and I am finding it very interesting, to say the very least. I'm still not even sure what the book is supposed to prove, as the author seems to have some sort of chip on her shoulder, seeming to view breastfeeding as something being pushed on new mothers, and perhaps even resenting that. I have yet to finish it so I don't have a final opinion, that is just my impression so far.

Has anyone else heard of this book or read it? I'd love to hear what someone else thinks about it.
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March 31st, 2008, 06:08 AM
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No, but it does sound interesting. Is it for or against breastfeeding?
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March 31st, 2008, 09:07 AM
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The author is a women's studies professor. Like I said I can't put my finger on it exactly yet, I think the book is supposed to be journalistic, but I have the sense that she has some resentments towards BFing and shares the view that devoting yourself to your baby devalues your potential as a women. I am also reading another book right now called "Maternal Desire" that talks about that view point, the backlash against stay at home moms that exists today. Interesting stuff.

I don't know why I read so many books at a time, I am reading 5 right now.
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March 31st, 2008, 03:31 PM
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Wow, those both sound interesting.
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