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Nighttime Breastfeeding

An American Cultural Dilemma

CecĂ­lia Tomori

316 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-435-9 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (October 2014)

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“Tomori’s research reveals that these two fields—breastfeeding and sleep—are intricately intertwined not only in practice but also theoretically through analysis that exposes the contradictions inherent in the cultural norms governing these intimate embodied experiences.” · Anthropologica

“This work will be useful for medical anthropologists and professionals at all levels of reproductive health care and family medicine. It offers important ethnographic analysis relevant to feminist anthropology, women’s and gender studies, and cross-cultural and bio-evolutionary perspectives on kinship and family.” · Medical Anthropology Quarterly

 

“In this beautifully written ethnography… Cecılia Tomori provides a broad‐ranging yet in‐depth discussion of numerous anthropological topics, including kinship, reproduction, and personhood… This book is a pleasure to read, and will be of interest not only to scholars of gender, kinship, and reproduction, but also to those who work on the subjects of embodiment, authoritative knowledge, expertise, morality, the house, and temporality. It deserves to be read widely, both within the academy and beyond.” ∙ Journal of Royal Anthropological Institute

“I have nothing but praise for this book and its worth. It is written in a flawless and effortless manner. I loved the tone and how it packs in so much factorial information without the reader knowing it, but at the same time explores in-depth intimate life decisions and care giving practices that we have never seen so closely and so vividly presented.” · James J. McKenna, University of Notre Dame

“This is an excellent piece of scholarship that... draws upon a wide range of highly relevant literature which is used to make sense of the data. It illuminates a unique and compelling anthropological perspective on the lived, embodied practices of breastfeeding with particular emphasis upon the complex moral dilemmas related to breastfeeding and sleep practices.” · Fiona Dykes, University of Central Lancashire

“The controversies prompted by nighttime breastfeeding touch on so many hot-button issues in American culture: sexuality, child endangerment, the importance of individualism and independence in American culture to name a few. And this author handles the issue with sophistication and clarity.” · Jacqueline H. Wolf, Ohio University

Nighttime for many new parents in the United States is fraught with the intense challenges of learning to breastfeed and helping their babies sleep so they can get rest themselves. Through careful ethnographic study of the dilemmas raised by nighttime breastfeeding, and their examination in the context of anthropological, historical, and feminist studies, this volume unravels the cultural tensions that underlie these difficulties. As parents negotiate these dilemmas, they not only confront conflicting medical guidelines about breastfeeding and solitary infant sleep, but also larger questions about cultural and moral expectations for children and parents, and their relationship with one another.

Cecília Tomori is a medical anthropologist who has worked as a health services researcher at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and is currently a Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Series: Volume 26, Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives
Subject: Medical Anthropology Gender Studies
Area: North America

LC: RJ216 .T68 2015

BL: YKL.2014.a.5609

BISAC: HEA044000 HEALTH & FITNESS/Breastfeeding; SOC026010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Sociology/Marriage & Family; SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural

BIC: PSXM Medical anthropology; JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography




Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1. Embodied Cultural Dilemmas: An Anthropological Approach to the Study of Nighttime Breastfeeding and Sleep
Chapter 2. Struggles Over Authoritative Knowledge and “Choice” in Breastfeeding and Infant Sleep in the U.S.
Chapter 3. Making Breastfeeding Parents in Childbirth Education Courses
Chapter 4. Dispatches from the Moral Minefield of Breastfeeding
Chapter 5. Breastfeeding as Men’s “Kin Work”
Chapter 6. Breastfeeding Babies in the Nest: Producing Children, Kinship, and Moral Imagination in the House
Chapter 7. Time to Sleep: Nighttime Breastfeeding and Capitalist Temporal Regimes

Conclusion

Appendixes
Bibliography
Index

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