By Ann Sinnott
Breastfeeding Older Children reveals a hidden phenomenon: thousands of children in the industrialized world are being breastfed for five, six, seven and eight years and, in some cases, longer. Are these children coerced, or are they in the driving seat? Are they damaged, or does long-term breastfeeding support the development of psychological wellbeing, as well as physical health, in both childhood and in subsequent adulthood?
Ann Sinnott, who breastfed her own child until the age of six and a half, draws on child development theory, neuroscience research and statements from hundreds of parents, to explore the reality of this taboo practice. She reveals the lack of evidence behind negative beliefs, exposes myths and prejudices, and challenges the attitudes of psychologists and medical health professionals.
Breastfeeding Older Children looks at the impact of sustained breastfeeding on the couple relationship and reveals both discord and harmony. The author investigates the involvement of breasts in sex, with intriguing results. Is the male 'Phwaor!' response to the sight of large breasts not an expression of surging testosterone and male virility but rather a result of not having been breastfed in early life?
Breastfeeding Older Children probes opposing feminist arguments in the breast v bottle battle and looks at lines of contention around long-term breastfeeding. Ann Sinnott argues that sustained breastfeeding is a woman's right and a feminist issue. She ventures into prehistory to prove the point, investigates the origin of truncated breastfeeding in western culture and concludes that it is time to open a new frontier for feminist action including in the workplace.
Breastfeeding Older Children presents essential facts about the realities of artificial feeding and the, rarely publicized, risks of infant formula.
Thought-provokingly controversial, Breastfeeding Older Children will surprise, shock, gladden and infuriate! A factual book containing comments about everything and anything to do with long term breastfeeding.
Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: Free Association Books (1 Dec 2009)