Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy

Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy

by Jennifer Grayson


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Since the rise of artificial formula, we have turned a biological process into a never-ending controversy: A mother breastfeeding her three-year-old son on the cover of Time magazine sets off a firestorm. Facebook takes down photos of women nursing, citing the content as “offensive.” The pope weighs in, urging mothers to nurse their children in church or elsewhere “without thinking twice.”

So how did we get here? What are the consequences of surrendering eons of human evolution for a mode of feeding so alien? Growing up, journalist Jennifer Grayson thought nothing of the fact that she was bottle-fed. But when she became a mother, Grayson considered the impact of missing out on this profound connection. Her book is a worldwide search for answers about the first, most fundamental experience of newborn life.

From biblical times to eighteenth-century France, from modern-day Mongolia to inner-city Los Angeles—Unlatched uncovers astonishing cultural, corporate, political, and technological factors at the heart of our contemporary breastfeeding disconnection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062423399
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,250,052
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Grayson is an environmental journalist and Huffington Post columnist whose work has appeared in publications including USA Today, the Washington Post, and American Baby. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young daughters.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Formula-Fed Me 7

2 What Would Baby Jesus Drink? 29

3 Milk Mysteries and Maternal Duty 54

4 Industrial Age vs. the Breast 73

5 Doctor Knows Best 94

6 Extraordinary Attachment 118

7 Latch Off, Latch On 151

8 Breasts Are for Men 177

9 Big Brother and the Breast 204

10 "We Complete, Not Compete" 232

11 The Human Experiment 254

12 The Weaning 279

Acknowledgments 295

Sources 301

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