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Milk: An Intimate History of Breastfeeding (Hardback)

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As a breastfed baby herself, Joanna Wolfarth assumed it would come easily to her when she had her first child. Yet three weeks after the birth she was back in hospital with an underweight baby, bewildered by the inconsistent advice and myriad problems she was encountering. As a cultural historian, Joanna's impulse was to look to the past. What she discovered, neglected in the archives, amazed and reassured her. She found connection and solace in communities from the past.

Using the arc of her own experience, MILK is an intimate cultural survey of infant-feeding that draws on artworks, philosophical treatise, historical medical devices, folk wisdom and contemporary interviews with women from across the world to reveal how infant-feeding has been represented and repressed, celebrated and censured. From fragments of ancient baby-bottles with traces of animal milk to 18th-century brass breast pumps, from lush Renaissance paintings of the Virgin nursing Jesus to sensual Hindu sculptures of voluptuous breastfeeding goddesses, MILK charts previously unexplored territory as the first major cultural history of breastfeeding.

Health & WellbeingHealth & PsychologyPopular medicine & healthWomen's healthHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural history Publisher: Orion Publishing Co Publication Date: 19/01/2023 ISBN-13: 9781474623216  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Joanna Wolfarth is a cultural historian. She is a visiting lecturer in Southeast Asian Art at SOAS, University of London and an Associate Lecturer at Sotheby's Institute of Art. MILK is her first book.

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