Breastfeeding: New Anthropological Approaches unites sociocultural, archaeological and biological anthropological scholarship to spark new trans-disciplinary conversations and research about breastfeeding. While breastfeeding has become the subject of intense debate in many settings, anthropological perspectives have played a limited role in these conversations. The present volume seeks to broaden the scope of discussion on breastfeeding by showcasing fresh insights gleaned using an array of theoretical and methodological approaches in the close study of human groups across the globe.
Drawing on case studies and analyses of key issues in the field, the book highlights the power of anthropological research to illuminate the evolutionary, historical, biological, and cultural context of the complex, lived experience of breastfeeding. By bringing together a group of researchers across three anthropological subfields, the volume seeks to stimulate intellectual exchange and new thinking about breastfeeding in order to produce transformative knowledge about human lactation, breastfeeding, and human milk.
This book is a key resource for scholars of medical and biological anthropology, evolutionary biology, social and cultural anthropology, and studies in human development. Practitioners (including midwives and lactation consultants) who must fulfil an anthropology requirement as part of their training will also find the book an essential read.
Foreword Penny Van Esterik
1. Introduction: Towards Multidisciplinary Anthropologies of Breastfeeding Cecilia Tomori, Aunchalee E. L. Palmquist, EA Quinn2. Beyond passive immunity: Breastfeeding, milk and collaborative mother-infant immune systems Elizabeth M. Miller3. Consuming Immunities: Milk sharing and the social life of passive immunity Aunchalee E.L. Palmquist4. Breastsleeping in Four Cultures: Comparative Analysis of a Biocultural Body Technique Cecilia Tomori5. "Natural, Like My Hair": Conceptualizations of Breastfeeding among African American Women Sarah Sobonya6. Breastfeeding and Body Size Nicola L. Hawley and Pavane Gorrepati7. Mothers, Milk, and Morals: Peer Milk Sharing as Moral Motherwork in Central Florida Beatriz M. Reyes-Foster and Shannon K. Carter8. Human milk fatty acids: the importance of medium chain fatty acids for human development EA Quinn9. Chestfeeding as Gender Fluid Practice Michelle Walks10. Mixed-Feeding in Humans: Evolution and Current Implications Melanie Martin11. Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings: Breastfeeding and weaning in the past Sian E. Halcrow, Charlotte L. King, Andrew R. Millard, Anne Marie E. Snoddy, Rachel M. Scott, Gail E. Elliott, Darren R. Grocke, Hallie R. Buckley, Vivien G. Standen Bernardo T. Arriaza.12. Shifting Weanling's Optimum: Breastfeeding Ecology and Infant Health in Yucatan Amanda Veile and Karen Kramer13. New Mothers' Breastfeeding Expectations, Challenges, and the Return to Employment Carrie Hough, Erica Prussing and Kayleigh Applegate14. Understanding and enabling breastfeeding in the context of maternal-infant needs Kristin P. Tully and Helen L. Ball
Afterword James J. McKenna