© 1995

Feminism, Breasts and Breast-Feeding


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Pam Carter
    Pages 1-33
  3. Pam Carter
    Pages 34-70
  4. Pam Carter
    Pages 71-105
  5. Pam Carter
    Pages 106-132
  6. Pam Carter
    Pages 133-160
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 241-266

About this book


This book uses a feminist approach to examine the vast amount of material on breast-feeding. Baby milk manufacture is usually seen as the sole cause of the decline in breast-feeding. Using interviews with women the author looks at other dimensions: the sexualization of breasts; the conditions under which infant feeding takes place and professional interventions into mothering. Policy documents and popular breast-feeding books are shown to be preoccupied with getting women to do what they deem natural rather than with women's real needs.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Sociology DivisionUniversity of NorthumbriaNewcastle upon TyneUK

About the authors

PAM CARTER is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Northumbria. She has published in the fields of social work and education and is currently engaged in research on sexuality in higher education.

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