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By Amy Koerber,Thomas W. Benson

Breast or Bottle? is the 1st scholarly exam of the shift in breastfeeding options happening during the last part century. via an in depth research of clinical and clinical controversies and a severe exam of the ways that clinical ideals are communicated to the general public, Amy Koerber exposes layers of moving arguments and that means that tell modern infant-feeding advocacy and policy.

Whereas the word "breast or bottle" may as soon as have implied a decision among relative equals, human milk is now believed to own distinctive health-promoting features. even though it is tempting to view this revision in clinical considering as completely the results of medical development, Koerber argues progress-based interpretation is incomplete. Epidemiologic proof demonstrating the health and wellbeing advantages of human milk has grown lately, however the tale of why those types of facts have dramatically elevated in fresh a long time, Koerber unearths, is a story of the committed contributors, coalitions, and agencies engaged in relentless rhetorical efforts to enhance our medical motives and cultural appreciation of human milk, lactation, and breastfeeding within the context of a ancient tendency to devalue those surprisingly lady elements of the human physique. Koerber demonstrates that the rhetoric used to advertise breastfeeding at a given time and cultural second not just displays a preexisting truth but additionally shapes the infant-feeding adventure for brand new mothers.

Koerber's claims are grounded in wide rhetorical study together with textual research, archival examine, and interviews with key stakeholders within the breastfeeding controversy. Her method deals an important counterpoint to different feminist analyses of the shift towards probreastfeeding medical discourse and offers a revealing rhetorical case examine within the complicated dating among medical info and its effect on scientific coverage and practices. The ensuing interdisciplinary learn can be of prepared curiosity to students and scholars of rhetoric, conversation, women's stories, clinical humanities, and public wellbeing and fitness in addition to clinical practitioners and policymakers.

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