Breastfeeding: Global Practices, Challenges, Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes


Tanya M. Cassidy, PhD (Editor)
National University of Ireland, Maynooth, University of Windsor, Canada

Series: Pediatrics – Laboratory and Clinical Research
BISAC: MED069000

This book provides a social and cultural framework for understanding strategies for the critical feeding and nutrition of the world’s most vulnerable citizens. Ensuring that infants have access to breastmilk is one of the greatest global healthcare challenges of the twenty-first century, one that cannot be understood in exclusively biomedical terms, but demands an awareness of complex lived experiences. The familiar slogan “breast is best” is skillfully and impressively annotated by this volume with an understanding of the practical and varied experiences of working women and the degree of support (or opposition) that larger communities may provide.

How and when infants can be fed is not simply a matter of individual maternal choice, but has large structural implications. The international and interdisciplinary essays in this book amply illustrate the need to transcend a narrow and unfair emphasis on the “success” or “failure” of particular nursing mothers, and seek greater societal understanding in order to effect positive societal change. Furthermore, this volume not only has significant public policy implications, but is of great value in the university classroom, illustrating how many of our most basic assumptions about healthcare and maternity need to be rethought in light of a more complex understanding of how human milk ties communities as well as individuals together. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Oxytocin: Pharmacologic Properties, Physiological Effects and Role in Pregnancy
(Enav Yefet and Zohar Nachum, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emek Medical Center, Afula, Israel, and others)

Chapter 2. The Immunology of Human Milk
(Fani Ladomenou and Emmanouil Galanakis, Department of Paediatrics, University of Crete, Greece)

Chapter 3. Breastfeeding the Critically Ill Newborn: Barriers and Supportive Practices
(Angela Grant Buechner, Tammy McBride and Prakesh S. Shah, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada, and others)

Chapter 4. Giving Milk, Buying Milk: The Influence of Mothering Ideologies and Social Class in Donor Milk Banking
(Marisa Gerstein Pineau, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Chapter 5. Perceptions and Negotiations of ‘Failure’ in an Australian Breast Milk Bank
(Gabriella Zizzo, Gender Studies and Social Analysis, The University of Adelaide, Australia)

Chapter 6. HIV/AIDS and Human Milk Banking: Controversy, Complexity and Culture Around a Global Social Problem
(Tanya M. Cassidy, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland and others)

Chapter 7. Breastfeeding in High HIV Prevalent, Resource-Limited Settings
(Felicity Zvanyadza Gumbo, Gwendoline Quetoline Kandawasvika and Edith Nyaradzai Kurewa, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe)

Chapter 8. Babies, Booze and Breastmilk: Complexities, Controversies and Cultural Considerations Concerning Alcohol and Lactation
(Tanya M. Cassidy, Cochrane Fellow, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland and others)

Chapter 9. Global Issues of Chinese Mothers in Ireland Who Breastfeed
(Qianling Zhou, School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Chapter 10. Promoting Breastfeeding Practices among Thai-Employed Mothers
(Susanha Yimyam, Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University, Thailand)

Chapter 11. Breastfeeding Experiences among Employed Mothers
(Susanha Yimyam, Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University, Thailand)

Chapter 12. Milking the Subject: Lactation and the Birth of Prose Fiction
(Siobhan O’Donnell and Conrad Brunström, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland)


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