This book brings together international academics, policy makers and practitioners to build bridges between the real-world and scholarship on breastfeeding.
It asks the question: How can the latest social science research into breastfeeding be used to improve support at both policy and practice level, in order to help women breastfeed and to breastfeed for longer?
The edited collection includes discussion about the social and cultural contexts of breastfeeding and looks at how policy and practice can apply this to women’s experiences.
This will be essential reading for academics, policy makers and practitioners in public health, midwifery, child health, sociology, women's studies, psychology, human geography and anthropology, who want to make a real change for mothers.
Sally Dowling is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, UWE, Bristol. She has published on breastfeeding in public, stigma, liminality and long-term breastfeeding. She is Associate Editor for International Breastfeeding Journal.
David Pontin is Professor of Community Health, University of South Wales. His current research focuses on family resilience (www.frait.wales) and the implications for health visiting practice.
Kate Boyer is a Senior Lecturer in feminist geography in the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University. She has published on breastfeeding in public, combining lactation with wage work, breastmilk donation and breastfeeding activism.
Introduction ~ Sally Dowling, David Pontin and Kate Boyer;
UK policy context: Reconfiguration of the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative to reflect the importance of relationships and ensuring sustainability ~ Francesca Entwistle and Fiona Dykes
Section 1: Breastfeeding and emotions;
Breastfeeding’s Emotional Intensity: the moral politics of health promotion ~Lisa Smyth;
Managing the dynamics of shame in breastfeeding support ~Dawn Leeming;
‘Betwixt and between’: Women’s experiences of breastfeeding long-term ~ Sally Dowling;
Weaving breastfeeding practices into social policy ~ Lucilla Newell;
Policy/practice commentary 1 ~ Sally Johnson and Sally Tedstone
Section 2: Cultures of Breastfeeding;
‘Missing milk’: an exploration of migrant mothers’ experiences of breastfeeding in England ~ Louise Condon;
The changing cultures of nighttime breastfeeding in the U.S. ~ Cecilia Tomori;
Breastfeeding and modern parenting: When worlds collide ~ Amy Brown;
Parenting ideologies, infant feeding and popular culture ~ Abigail Locke;
Policy/practice commentary 2 ~ Sally Tedstone and Gerry Lucas
Section 3: Breastfeeding and popular culture;
Lactation Breaks: Employer’s Perspective ~ Melanie Fraser;
Breastfeeding as a social activity: The role of brelfies in breastfeeding’s burgeoning publics ~ Fiona Giles;
Encountering public art: monumental Breasts and the Skywhale ~ Alison Bartlett;
Embodiment as a gauge of individual, public and planetary health ~ Maia Boswell-Penc;
Policy/practice commentary 3 ~ Nicki Symes, Elizabeth Mayo, Emma Laird;
Series context: Reflection on experience of attending seminar series ~ Sally Tedstone;
Conclusion ~ Sally Dowling, David Pontin and Kate Boyer.