Giving Breast Milk: Body Ethics and Contemporary Breastfeeding Practice


Price: $34.95

Page Count: 264

Publication Date: August 2010

ISBN: 978-0-9866671-0-7

This fascinating collection samples new trends in research on breastmilk and the conditions of its production, consumption, and exchange. Imagining breastfeeding as more than an aspect of maternal being, Giving Breastmilk is interested in the ethical relations it generates, as well as it being valuable work that women do. The chapters trace the social anxieties around breastmilk into courts of law, news media, cinema and international politics, analyse the experiences of mothers, children, intensive care nurses and recipients of donated milk, and consider the impact of milk pumps, AIDS, wet-nurses and marketing campaigns. The place of breastmilk in culture and politics is never neutral, always contested, and this volume makes a substantial contribution to expanding the meanings of giving breastmilk.  


Mapping the Ethics and Politics of Contemporary Breastmilk Exchange: An Introduction - Alison Bartlett and Rhonda Shaw

Part I: Making Milk

The Breast Pump - Cindy Stearns

The Ideological Work of Infant Feeding - Denise A. Copelton, Rebecca McGee, Andrew Coco, Isis Shanbaky, Timothy Riley

“Breast is Best” and Other Messages of Breastfeeding Promotion - Annette Beasley

The Lactating Body and Conflicting Ideals of Sexuality, Motherhood and Self - Monica Campo

Receiving and Enjoying Milk: What Breastfeeding Means to Children - Karleen Gribble

Part II: Sharing Milk

Perspectives on Ethics and Human Milk Banking - Rhonda Shaw

The Story of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of New England (MMBNE) - Naomi Bromberg Bar-Yam

Comparing Sharing and Banking Milk: Issues of Gift Exchange and Community in the Sudan and Ireland - Tanya M. Cassidy and Abdullahi El-Tom

Going with the Flow: Contemporary Discourses of Donor Breastmilk Use and Breastmilk in a Neonatal Intensive Care Setting - Carol Bartle

Wet-nursing, Milk Banks, and Black Markets: The Political Economy of Giving Breastmilk in Canada in the 20th and 21st century - Tasnim Nathoo and Aleck Ostry

Part III: Milk Politics

Breastfeeding And HIV/AIDS: Critical Gaps And Dangerous Intersections - Penny Van Esterik

From Maternal Love to Toxic Exposure: State Interpretations of Breastfeeding Mothers in the Child Welfare System - Jennifer A. Reich

Risk and Culture Revisited: Breastfeeding and the 2002 West Nile Virus Scare in the United States - Bernice L. Hausman

Part IV: Milk Theory

Giving Breastmilk as Being-with - Karen McBride-Henry and Rhonda Shaw

Breastfeeding Envy: Unresolved Patriarchal Envy and the Obstruction of Physiologically-Based Nursing Patterns - Keren Epstein-Gilboa

Breastfeeding and Time: In Search of a Language for Pleasure and Agency
- Alison Bartlett

From “Gift of Loss” to Self Care: The Significance of Induced Lactation in Takashi Miike’s Visitor Q - Fiona Giles

Rhonda Shaw teaches in the School of Social & Cultural Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Since 2002 she has been researching body gifting practices including shared breastfeeding, ovarian egg donation, surrogate pregnancy arrangements, and organ donation and transplantation processes. Rhonda’s work has been published widely in international journals.

Alison Bartlett teaches Women’s Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her previous books include Breastwork: Rethinking Breastfeeding (2005) and Jamming the Machinery: contemporary Australian women’s writing (1998). Her research on cultural meanings of maternity, embodiment and breasted knowledge has been widely published.