The Politics of Breastfeeding

When Breasts are Bad for Business (3rd ed.)

by Gabrielle Palmer (Pinter and Martin, London, 2009)

This book exposes the commercial ploys to sell infant formula, an international scandal that is so enormous it's hard to imagine - which is why the dairy industry has been getting away with it for so long. A neonatologist confirmed to me that hospital policies that subtly discourage mothers from breastfeeding immediately after birth (and thereby make eventual bottle-feeding a certainty) are so firmly entrenched that parents have to insist on breastfeeding immediately, and threaten malpractice suits, to be allowed to begin breastfeeding at the right time: immediately after birth, not hours later. Well written and extensively documented, this book should be required reading for anyone who wants to become a parent but doesn't plan to breastfeed.