Giving Breastmilk: Body Ethics and Contemporary Breastfeeding Practice samples new trends in research on breastmilk and the conditions of its production, consumption, and exchange. Considering breastfeeding as more than an aspect of maternal being, Giving Breastmilk is interested in the ethical relations it generates, as well as it being valuable work that women do. The chapters trace the social anxieties around breastmilk into courts of law, news media, cinema and international politics, analyse the experiences of mothers, children, intensive care nurses and recipients of donated milk, and consider the impact of milk pumps, AIDS, wet-nurses and marketing campaigns.
Other contributors include Carol Bartle, Penny Van Esterik, Bernice Hausman, Karleen Gribble and Fiona Giles.
About the Editors
Rhonda Shaw teaches in the School of Social & Cultural Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Since 2002 she has been researching body gifting practices including shared breastfeeding, ovarian egg donation, surrogate pregnancy arrangements, and organ donation and transplantation processes. Rhonda’s work has been published widely in international journals.
Alison Bartlett teaches Women’s Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her previous books include Breastwork: Rethinking Breastfeeding (2005) and Jamming the Machinery: contemporary Australian women’s writing (1998). Her research on cultural meanings of maternity, embodiment and breasted knowledge has been widely published.