Milk: An Intimate History of Breastfeeding (Hardback)
  • Milk: An Intimate History of Breastfeeding (Hardback)
zoom

Milk: An Intimate History of Breastfeeding (Hardback)

(author)
1 Review Sign in to write a review
£18.99
Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 19/01/2023
  • In stock

Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket
Waterstones Says

From Paleolithic figurines to Victorian medical manuals, Wolfarth's fascinating history of breastfeeding examines how culture and socio-economic factors can play as integral a part in infant feeding as biological and emotional factors.

When Joanna Wolfarth was pregnant with her first child, she assumed she would breastfeed, as her mother had fed her. Yet she was unprepared for the startling realities of new motherhood. Then, just four weeks after the birth, she found herself back in hospital with an underweight baby, bewildered by inconsistent advice and overcome with feelings of guilt and isolation.

Months later, her cultural historian's impulse led her to look to the past for guidance. What she discovered, neglected in the archives, amazed and reassured her. By piecing together cultural debris - from fragments of ancient baby bottles to eighteenth-century breast pumps, from the Palaeolithic Woman of Willendorf figurine to the poignantly inventive work of Louise Bourgeois and from mythical accounts of the creation of the Milky Way to advice found in Victorian medical manuals - Joanna began to understand how feeding our babies can be culturally, economically and physiologically determined as well as deeply personal and emotive.

Using the arc of her own experience, Joanna takes us on an intimate journey of discovery beyond mother and baby, asking how the world views caregivers, their bodies, their labour and their communal bonds. By bringing together art, social histories, philosophy, folk wisdom and contemporary interviews with women from across the world, Milk reveals how infant feeding has been represented and repressed, celebrated and censured. In doing so, Joanna charts previously unexplored territory and offers comfort and solace to anyone who has fed or will feed a child.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474623216
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 218 x 138 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Compassionate, compelling and beautifully told, Milk is a fascinating journey through the social, cultural and historical meanings of breastfeeding. Through her intricate, personal and tender research, Wolfarth deftly explores the human complexities of caring, nurturing and nourishing. A sublime book - ELINOR CLEGHORN, author of UNWELL WOMEN

A feminist blend of memoir and history . . . Wolfarth takes us on an illuminating tour of shifting attitudes and practices . . . as a cultural historian she is excellent at detailing how motherhood changes her perspective of art . . . this is an important book: however personal each mother's "journey" may seem, there are always bigger forces at play - Francesca Angelini, THE SUNDAY TIMES

Erudite, intimate and compelling, Milk is a long-overdue history of humanity's first food - LEAH HAZARD, author of HARD PUSHED

The beauty of Wolfarth's storytelling is difficult to convey . . . [Milk] is a story for us all - BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE

Milk is a fascinating book, a rigorous and intimate study of something at once essential to life, and yet too often overlooked. Wolfarth uses breastfeeding as a lens through which to examine and critique the structures of motherhood, but it's also a text suffused with love and care, and I felt equal parts enlightened and comforted after reading it - MIRANDA WARD, author of ADRIFT

Sensitively drawn and full of insight, this is an intelligent and inventive new approach to a subject that should matter to all humans. Stunning - JENNIE AGG, author of LIFE, ALMOST

I adored Milk. It is such an open-hearted, tender, gorgeous book; the way Wolfarth writes of mothers and milk so carefully crafted and so caring in equal measure. Art and bodies are interwoven so beautifully it becomes a dance; one that pays tribute to our ancestors and our experience, both individual and collective. We are asked in myriad ways what exactly it means to give sustenance, to nurture, to give ourselves over to a small stranger we are changed by forever; no matter how we fed them. An important, non-judgmental and truly healing book; I am most grateful for it indeed - Kerri ní Dochartaigh, author of THIN PLACES

You may also be interested in...

Killing Thatcher
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.49
Paperback
Shakespeare
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Women in Intelligence
Added to basket
£11.99   £9.99
Paperback
The Road
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Red Memory
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Now Then
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Shortest History of Economics
Added to basket
Ask Not
Added to basket
£25.00   £20.99
Hardback
Nexus
Added to basket
£28.00   £23.99
Hardback
The Palace
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.49
Paperback
The Rest is History
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.49
Paperback
A Northern Wind
Added to basket
£14.99   £11.99
Paperback
Hunting the Falcon
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Paperback
Back to the Local
Added to basket
£10.00
Paperback
Unwell Women
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Vertigo
Added to basket
£25.00   £19.99
Hardback

“Captivating, sensitive and deeply moving”

I was captivated by this book, which is beautifully written with detailed research that never feels too much. It explores our first human experiences and the demands placed on the women that care for babies. Wonderful.

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 4

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: