Militant Lactivism: Attachment Parenting and Intensive by Charlotte Faircloth

By Charlotte Faircloth

Following networks of moms in London and Paris, the writer profiles the narratives of ladies who breastfeed their teenagers to complete time period, as a rule a interval of a number of years, as a part of an 'attachment parenting' philosophy. those moms discuss their choice to proceed breastfeeding as 'the traditional factor to do': 'evolutionarily appropriate', 'scientifically most sensible' and 'what feels correct of their hearts'. via a theoretical specialize in wisdom claims and responsibility, the writer frames those money owed inside of a much broader context of 'intensive parenting', arguing that parenting practices – youngster feeding particularly – became a hugely moralized affair for moms, practices which they think are a serious element in their 'identity work'. The publication investigates why, how and with what implications a few of these moms describe themselves as 'militant lactivists' and displays on wider parenting tradition within the united kingdom and France. Discussing gender, feminism and activism, this research contributes to kinship and family members stories by way of exploring how relatedness is enacted in conjunction to structures of the self.

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Militant Lactivism: Attachment Parenting and Intensive Motherhood in the UK and France

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Permanent mother-substitute) in which both find satisfaction and enjoyment. … A state of affairs in which the child does not have this relationship is termed “maternal deprivation”’ (Bowlby 1995: 11). It was into this context that the wealth of experts we know today (Spock, Leach and Brazelton, to name three of the most popular spanning the last half of the twentieth century) produced the first editions of books designed to help parents parent. The language of enablement sat well within the discourse of ‘enjoying’ parenting and ‘trusting yourself’ (the famous first words of Spock’s Baby and Child Care, published in 1946).

The process of ‘lactogenesis’ begins during pregnancy, creating milk. Within each of these ducts, many thousands of cells, called alveoli, manufacture milk by absorbing water, salts, sugar and fat from the blood (Small 1998: 187). There is little relation between breast size and the amount of milk a woman is able to produce. During pregnancy, higher levels of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone stimulate the alveoli to multiply in a ‘branching’ fashion within the breast. Although most women do not secrete milk until after the birth of their baby, a thick fluid called colostrum is produced and passed through the breasts from around the sixth month of pregnancy onwards.

The manifesto, designed to lobby government ministers and calling for greater promotion of and support for breastfeeding, has been very well received. At its launch, then Minister for Public Health Caroline Flint endorsed its aims, and over 250 parliamentarians have now given their support to achieving its goals. Infant Feeding and Intensive Motherhood 43 As Lee and Furedi (2005) rightly point out, the choices mothers make today as to how to feed their babies remain most likely to be narrated within this wider arena of debates about health, showing how, in the past few decades, the promotion of ‘healthy living’ has received enormous attention.

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