Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts by Fiona Giles

By Fiona Giles

The commonly acclaimed writer of Dick for an afternoon showcases her razor-sharp knack for tart and provocative statement during this exact compendium of news, stories, and reportage at the age-old perform of breastfeeding.

numerous courses to breastfeeding crowd the bookshelves nowadays; no longer considered one of them speaks to girls with something drawing close writer Fiona Giles's point of intimacy and energy. Alternately informative, affecting, and suddenly erotic, this really specific paintings from the bestselling writer of Chick for an afternoon and Dick for an afternoon can pay late homage to the miracle of the lactating breast-a phenomenon infrequently explored outdoors of academic literature and parenting magazines.

thank you principally to risque ads and the gravity-defying cleavage sported by means of our most well liked celebs, uncovered breasts (real or faux) not carry any secret. yet after they shift into milk-bearing mode, breasts unexpectedly disappear from the general public eye. In clean Milk, via a various choice of tales, stories, and private debts, Giles uncovers the myths, truths, and social and mental implications of breastfeeding.

From the more youthful mom grappling with the bewildering trappings of maternity put on, to the girl who unearths herself apparently aroused through new sensations, to the fashionable dad who learns the bits and bobs of breastfeeding, the photographs in Giles' eye-opening publication supply a welcome substitute to rote how-to tutorials and impersonal step by step publications. through turns poignant and informative, attractive and witty, empathic and empowering, clean Milk gives you every thing we would have liked to understand approximately breastfeeding that our moms by no means advised us.

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I would also advise anyone to breastfeed, if they could. But I want to issue a warning to all you well-meaning types who are planning breastfeeding books: If you say that letdown may be accompanied by a “tingling sensation,” I will come after you with a colonoscope. * Men having breasts. Comfy chairs when out and about. Better-educated doctors. More acceptance of breastfeeding in public. Breast pads that work and don’t look as though I have two small dinner plates attached to my chest. Having everyone do it so I wouldn’t have to discuss it constantly.

I felt like a part of that tribe, rather than being bonded to any one baby I’d nursed. We were just part of a community, held in a container of all of us. Giles_Fresh_2FP001-246 2/4/03 12:08 PM Page 28 This page intentionally left blank Giles_Fresh_2FP001-246 2/4/03 12:08 PM Page 29 T h e O t h e r Wo m a n T he following story is set in New Zealand in the mid1990s, and was covered in the press in many countries. Here the mother, Pam Sutton, tells the story in her own words about the time her baby was breastfed by another woman without her knowledge or consent.

It has stopped being so painful. I’m reluctant to give up, either because it took so much effort to get this far, or because I enjoy it. Or maybe it’s just because as a working mother of two, I need any excuse to sit down. I would also advise anyone to breastfeed, if they could. But I want to issue a warning to all you well-meaning types who are planning breastfeeding books: If you say that letdown may be accompanied by a “tingling sensation,” I will come after you with a colonoscope. * Men having breasts.

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