"Although there has been a growing interest recently in the body as a major influence on social theorizing, these perspectives are supplanted in this analysis of breastfeeding as a civil rights issue both by a model of social construction and by the traditional approach of political scientists. Hence the organization of this analysis reflects a conventional focus on history, public opinion, and state as well as national laws, and a concluding chapter touted as democratic feminist....Recommended. General readers and students of all levels."
"An insightful, compassionate study of the way women are reclaiming breasts for themselves, in the public sphere, and beyond the sexualized definition of breasts by the male gaze. The authors are sensitive to the dynamics of race, social class, sexuality, and social location which often lead to targeting biases in public policies such as breast feeding. Weaving in to the analysis the situation of incarcerated women particularly illuminates the intersectionality of gender, race, class, and sexuality and the brave attempts by women from all walks of life to define for themselves how they will feed and nurture their babies. In addition to the stellar analysis of the history, context, social theory, and rights analysis of the issue, the authors offer compelling future policy recommendations to advance the well being of women and their children without essentializing or dictating what mothers should do."
"Drawing upon a wide range of interdisciplinary sources, Breastfeeding Rights in the United States reveals the seemingly private choice to breastfeed as one riddled with social meanings and political complexities. Kedrowski and Lipscomb have written an even-handed, perceptive, and eminently readable book that makes a major scholarly contribution to contemporary conversations about reproductive rights."
"Breastfeeding has commonly been considered an intensely private act, but in a myriad of ways it is a public policy concern for everyone. Kedrowski and Lipscomb give readers a comprehensive treatment, using the breastfeeding rights lens to examine women's different social, economic, and biological contexts. Through a sophisticated treatment of feminist views, the authors unpack the complexity of issues surrounding breastfeeding and women's reproductive rights. A collision course between more women working outside the home and more breastfeeding drives a need for this book and its nuanced democratic, feminist approach to breastfeeding rights."