Milk An Intimate History of Breastfeeding

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Publisher's Synopsis

- 'Illuminating . . . an important book' Sunday Times
- 'A fascinating journey through the social, cultural and historical meanings of breastfeeding. A sublime book' Elinor Cleghorn, author of Unwell Women
- 'Erudite, intimate and compelling . . . a long-overdue history' Leah Hazard, author of Hard Pushed
- 'A story for us all'
BBC History Magazine

Milk is elemental. It is the first thing we look for at birth and, for most, it is the first substance to touch our tongues after we enter the world. It is the promise of nourishment, of care, of life.

Using the arc of her own experience, cultural historian Joanna Wolfarth takes us on an intimate journey of discovery beyond mother and baby, asking how the world views caregivers, their bodies, their labour and their communal bonds. By bringing together art, social histories, philosophy, folk wisdom and contemporary interviews with women from across the world, Milk reveals how infant feeding has been represented and repressed, celebrated and censured. In doing so, it charts previously unexplored territory - and offers comfort and solace to anyone who has fed or will feed a child.

Book information

ISBN: 9781474623230
Publisher: Orion
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Pub date:
DEWEY: 649.3309
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 45632
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 272g
Height: 128mm
Width: 196mm
Spine width: 25mm