Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies?

Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies?
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ISBN:  9781780662756
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Author: Amy Brown
Binding: paperback
Format: 135 x 216 mm
Pages: 356
Illustrations: none
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Across the world mothers are urged to breastfeed, but in Western society many find this a difficult task. Those who stop can feel demoralised and unsure as to why such a desired, encouraged and biologically normal behaviour can appear so challenging in reality. Breastfeeding Uncovered examines why this continues to happen, revealing how complex social and cultural messages work against new mothers, damaging the normal physiology of breastfeeding and making it seem unmanageable.

Dr Brown removes the focus from the mother and instead urges society to rethink its attitude towards breastfeeding and mothering and instead to support, encourage and protect mothers to feed their babies. This book is for anyone who has ever struggled with breastfeeding, supported new mothers or just wondered what all the fuss is about. Most of all it is a must read for anyone who has ever thought a breastfeeding mother should cover up, or feed her baby elsewhere. 

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So informative
Thursday, 24 November 2016  | 

A fascinating book - with unsurprising conclusions. Brown forms a convincing and honest argument and I’m certain it could be used to change the minds of many who “disagree” with breastfeeding. The economics of breastfeeding, information on sleep and psycho-social-cultural factors, and the section on breastfeeding in modern society were particularly informative and incredibly interesting sections to read. The structure of Breastfeeding Uncovered with its focus on Amy Brown’s 18 steps made it a relatively easy read- if there was a section of particular interest then you can find the step and read the relevant information. Definitely worth a read, I’ve learned a lot from this!

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A must read. If only all health professionals and policy writers would read!
Thursday, 24 November 2016  | 

Breastfeeding uncovered is a comprehensive review of the barriers that women in our society experience when deciding to breastfeed. The in depth analysis of the barriers women face on their journey into motherhood and breastfeeding demonstrate that the lack of strategic support from government and the societal views of women, babies and breasts. Amy shows we are often setting women up to fail at breastfeeding and the breast is best message just chucks all responsibility onto individual women instead of this being seen for what it is, a public health and societal issue. If only all health professionals and government policy makers could read this we would be in a better place in the U.K.! Amy's writing style and humour shows up the nonsensical culture we live when breasts feeding babies are the topic of discussion. Brilliant read!

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A page turner!
Monday, 31 October 2016  | 

I found this book hard to put down once I had started it. It gives a balanced, informative and evidence based account of the reasons women breastfeed or not in the UK today. It is neatly broken down into 8 chapters covering the different issues with suggestions in each chapter of what might be done to improve the situation. It is very readable and even funny in places and definitely not only for those of us working in the field of breastfeeding support but for anyone and everyone. I am thinking of sending a copy to my MP!

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