Book review: Others’ milk. The potential of exceptional breastfeeding

Mecinska, Lula ORCID logo ORCID: (2019) Book review: Others’ milk. The potential of exceptional breastfeeding. Sociology of Health and Illness, 41 (5). pp. 986-987.

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Others’ Milk does not hold back. Opening on a story of a boy 'nursing' his foster sister, it draws the reader right into the world of 'exceptional breast-feeding' which challenges the idea of breastfeeding as necessarily 'maternal'. In Wilson’s tremendously engaging book, this vision of individualised breast-feeding, perpetuated by public health discourses and popular media, gives way to a more complex, more nuanced picture. Wilson’s retelling of stories of people who variously achieve the status of 'exceptional breastfeeders 'pushing the boundaries of breast-feeding' either as birth parents and adoptive parents using donor milk, non-gestational breastfeeding parents, breastfeeding grandmothers, fathers and other kin, breastfeeding 'outliers' feeding to term against classed and racialised expectations or breast milk providing strangers weaves a rich tapestry of embodied experiences.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Sociology of Health and Illness
Publisher: Wiley for Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness
ISSN: 1467-9566
Departments: Academic Departments > Business, Law, Policing & Social Sciences (BLPSS) > Policing, Criminology & Social Sciences
Additional Information: Lula Mecinska, Lecturer Criminology and Social Science, University of Cumbria, UK reviews Wilson, K.J. 'Others’ milk. The potential of exceptional breastfeeding', New Brunswick and London: Rutgers University Press. 2018. ISBN 9780813593838.
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Date Deposited: 02 May 2019 10:26
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