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The One Best Way?: Breastfeeding History, Politics, and Policy in Canada (Studies in Childhood and Family in Canada)by Aleck S. Ostry
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In recent years, breastfeeding has been prominently in the public eye in relation to debates on issues ranging from parental leave policies, work-family balance, public decency, the safety of our food supply, and public health concerns such as health care costs and the obesity epidemic.
Breastfeeding has officially been considered the one best way for feeding infants for the past 150 years of Canadian history. This book examines the history and evolution of breastfeeding policies and practices in Canada from the end of the nineteenth century to the turn of the twenty-first. The authors' historical approach allows current debates to be situated within a broader social, political, cultural, and economic context.
Breastfeeding shifted from a private matter to a public concern at the end of the nineteenth century. Over the course of the next century, the best way to feed infants was often scientifically or politically determined, and guidelines for mothers shifted from one generation to the next. Drawing upon government reports, academic journals, archival sources, and interviews with policy-makers and breastfeeding advocates, the authors trace trends, patterns, ideologies, and policies of breastfeeding in Canada.
Book News Annotation:
For the past 150 years of Canada's history, breastfeeding rather than bottle feeding has been considered "the one best way" for feeding infants. Nathoo (researcher in reproductive health and social policy) and Ostry (geography, U. of Victoria) examine the up and down trends in the evolution of breastfeeding practices and policies, and current debates between advocates and policymakers in health, social, and economic contexts. Future policy directions delineated include redefining breastfeeding success and considering its relationship to labor force policies. The book include images from marketing campaigns and statistical appendices. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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