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La Leche League: At the Crossroads of Medicine, Feminism and Religion

La Leche League: At the Crossroads of Medicine, Feminism and Religion (Paperback)

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In 1956, when La Leche League was founded, if a new mother chose to breastfeed rather than bottlefeed her child, she could by no means expect universal support for her decision. Though physicians of the era admitted that breastfeeding was the best method of infant feeding, they warned of the difficulties that nursing mothers faced, and many held that successful breastfeeding required a knowledge of science and medicine that most new mothers could not claim. Started by seven Catholic women who simply wished to help their friends learn to breastfeed, La Leche League grew into an organization with several million members worldwide, known here and abroad for its pathbreaking promotion of the breastfeeding of infants. Offering a fascinating look inside an organization whose full history has been essentially untold, Jule Ward explores the genesis, theological underpinnings, and development of La Leche League. She demonstrates that, despite distancing itself from any overt expression of its religious roots, the organization remains a quasi-religious articulation of Catholic social thought blended with scientific ideology and feminism.

In short, says Ward, the story of La Leche League provides an excellent example of how religion in practice permeates everyday life. |A theologian examines the development of La Leche League, showing how it has incorporated Catholic social thought, scientific ideology, and feminism in support of breastfeeding infants worldwide.

GLBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenHealth & WellbeingAdvice on the stages of lifeParentingPregnancy, birth & baby careHealth & WellbeingHealth & PsychologyPopular medicine & healthWomen's healthPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesEthical issues & debatesEthical issues: prostitution & sex industry Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press Publication Date: 01/01/2000 ISBN-13: 9780807847916  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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le DeJager Ward teaches religious studies at DePaul University.

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