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by Janet Golden
Janet Golden's history of wet nursing tells an important story.
Janet Golden's history of wet nursing tells an important story. This book is well worth a close reading both for its contributions to the history of medicine and for its illustration of these tensions. Ellen S. More, Johns Hopkins University Press. Overall, Golden's book is an enjoyable read. Golden tracks her down during the 18th and 19th centuries in America, and documents in some detail how wet nursing was supplanted by formula and why. This is a great source of information for those who wonder about the early history of formula, and also for those who wonder why we don't have more human milk banks.
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A Social History of Wet Nursing in the United States: From Breast to Bottle examines the intersection of medical science, social theory and cultural practices as they shaped relations among wet nurses, physicians and families from the colonial period through the twentieth century. It explores how Americans used wet nursing to solve infant feeding problems, shows why wet nursing became controversial as motherhood slowly became medicalised, and elaborates how the development of scientific infant feeding eliminated wet nursing by the beginning of the twentieth century.
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Janet Golden's study contributes to our understanding of the cultural authority of medical science, the role of physicians in. .
Golden, Janet Lynne A social history of wet nursing in America : from breast to bottle /Janet Golden. Although hospitals sometimes kept women on call to provide breast milk to premature infants, wet nursing as a form of domestic service was fast becoming extinct. p. cm. - (Cambridge history of medicine) Includes index. Women who could not or would not breast-feed their babies typically provided them with an artificial formula composed of modified cow's milk. 2 Indeed, by the middle of the twentieth century, many American families routinely chose bottle-feeding over breast-feeding, perceiving the former to be the modern, scientific way to rear children.
This book covers wet nursing from the colonial period up to the 1930s, when artifical feeding methods took center stage. The epilogue looks briefly at modern milk banking as the descendant of wet nursing, in which banked milk is viewed not as a commodity produced by women and from which women can profit, but as a gift which women produce and can give to a baby in need, but should never sell. I couldn't possibly do the book justice by trying to summarize it, but as somebody who finds a lot of the public discourse around breastfeeding (both pro and con) extremely offputting from a feminist.
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Release Date: February 1996. Publisher: Cambridge University Press.
A Social History of Wet Nursing in America: From Breast to Bottle examines the intersection of medical science, social theory, and cultural practices as they shaped. Release Date: February 1996.