Back to the Breast
Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America
That movement—in which the personal and political were inextricably linked—effectively challenged midcentury norms of sexuality, gender, and consumption, and articulated early environmental concerns about chemical and nuclear contamination of foods, bodies, and breast milk. In its groundbreaking chronicle of the breastfeeding movement, Back to the Breast provides a welcome and vital account of what it has meant, and what it means today, to breastfeed in modern America.
Introduction: Why Breastfeeding?
Chapter 1. Make Room for Mother: The “Psy”-entific Ideology of Natural Motherhood
Chapter 2. Frustration and Failure: The Scientific Management of Breastfeeding
Chapter 3. “Motherhood Raised to the nth Degree”: Breastfeeding in the Postwar Years
Chapter 4. Maternal Expectations: New Mothers, Nurses, and Breastfeeding
Chapter 5. Our Bodies, Our Nature: Breastfeeding, the Environment, and Feminism
Chapter 6. Woman’s Right, Mother’s Milk: The Nature and Technology of Breast Milk Feeding
Epilogue. Natural Motherhood Redux