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At The Breast by Linda Blum

At The Breast

At The Breast by Linda Blum
Jun 09, 2000 | 296 Pages
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    Jun 09, 2000 | 296 Pages

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At the Breast is feminist research of the highest order, setting a standard for how the work ought to be done. . . What is striking and admirable about [Blum’s] analysis is that in a discussion that has been almost entirely subsumed in concerns about what is best for babies, Blum focuses unwaveringly on mothers, on women as minded social beings. —Barbara Katz Rothman, American Journal of Sociology

“[Blum] discovers that in the contemporary world such an ancient and seemingly natural procedure as breastfeeding is embedded in a plethora of historical, political, racial, and economic contexts. . . . For the modern feminist, Blum concludes, the choice between the bottle or the breast should proceed from a careful assessment of the woman’s own needs and desires.” —Kirkus Reviews

“In the hands of Linda Blum, breastfeeding is a locus for conversations between women in different race and class locations about the female body, children’s needs, and the legitimizing role of fathers.” —Ellen Ross, author of Love and Toil: Motherhood in Outcast London, 1870-1918

At the Breast is sociology at its best-we think of breastfeeding as ‘natural’ but of course it is social and cultural too. Blum’s discussion of how race and class shape women’s attitudes toward breastfeeding-and their chances of success with it-was a revelation to me.” —Katha Pollitt, columnist, The Nation

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