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Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America

Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America 236 Book Reviews Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America By Jessica Martucci (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2015) (292 pages; $35.00 cloth) The purpose of the book, according to historian Jessica Martucci, is to reveal the historical roots of the “back to the breast” movement in modern America. Of most interest to Martucci is the persistence of breastfeeding in the bottle- feeding world of the early 20th century through the 1960s, before the resur- gence of breastfeeding began. The author made use of the archives of La Leche League as well as mommy blogs and interviews. The book is well organized in three overlapping time periods, with the first two chapters emphasizing the middle third of the 20th century and the next chapters, the mid-century; the last two chapters, bring the story up to the end of the 20th century when breastfeeding rates increased dramatically. A comprehensive introduction traces the complex intersection between the experiential knowledge of mothers and the scientific expertise of medical professionals. The first chapter presents the “psy-ence” of natural motherhood, explor - ing the emotional basis of infant feeding experiences. Chapter 2 explores the scientific management of breastfeeding and the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America

Nursing History Review , Volume 26 (1): 2 – Jan 1, 2018

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.26.1.236
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236 Book Reviews Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America By Jessica Martucci (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2015) (292 pages; $35.00 cloth) The purpose of the book, according to historian Jessica Martucci, is to reveal the historical roots of the “back to the breast” movement in modern America. Of most interest to Martucci is the persistence of breastfeeding in the bottle- feeding world of the early 20th century through the 1960s, before the resur- gence of breastfeeding began. The author made use of the archives of La Leche League as well as mommy blogs and interviews. The book is well organized in three overlapping time periods, with the first two chapters emphasizing the middle third of the 20th century and the next chapters, the mid-century; the last two chapters, bring the story up to the end of the 20th century when breastfeeding rates increased dramatically. A comprehensive introduction traces the complex intersection between the experiential knowledge of mothers and the scientific expertise of medical professionals. The first chapter presents the “psy-ence” of natural motherhood, explor - ing the emotional basis of infant feeding experiences. Chapter 2 explores the scientific management of breastfeeding and the

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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