Breast or Bottle?
Contemporary Controversies in Infant-Feeding Policy and Practice
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of South Carolina Press
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Breast or Bottle?
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Socrates: That is just what surprises me, Gorgias, and has made me ask you all this time what in the world the power of rhetoric can be. For, viewed in this light, its greatness comes over me as in itself practically all powers at once! And I will tell you a strik-brother or other doctors to visit one of their patients, and found ...
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Series Editor’s Preface
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Amy Koerber writes that scientific evidence in recent decades strongly supports the value of infant breastfeeding because of its profound benefits in strengthen-ing the human immune system. This support has been a major shift in the public framing of scientific thinking. And yet, she argues in Breast or Bottle? Contemporary Controversies in Infant Feeding Policy and Practice, the shift ...
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Although it seems like a long time ago, acknowledgments for this project extend all the way back to my dissertation at the University of Minnesota. In writing the dissertation, I benefited greatly from mentoring and writing guid-ance from my advisor Mary Lay Schuster and from committee members Laura Gurak, Arthur Walzer, and Karlyn Kohrs Campbell. These are the people who ...
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Just a few decades ago, the notion that human milk contains immune- protective qualities was routinely dismissed by medical experts, even referred to as the stuff of “wives’ tales and folklore.”1 Now the American Academy of Family Physicians states in a position paper that “not breastfeeding is associ-ated with increased risks of common conditions including acute otitis media, ...
1 Infant Feeding and Rhetoric An Overview
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The recent intensification and proliferation of pro-breastfeeding messages in the United States can be traced to a highly publicized policy statement that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published in 1997. The statement urged women to breastfeed for at least the first year of the infant’s life and stipu-lated that breastfeeding is “the reference or normative model against which all ...
2 From “Wives’ Tales and Folklore” to Scientific Fact Rhetorics of Breastfeeding and Immunity in the Mid–Twentieth Century
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The idea that human milk affords the nursing infant a unique form of immune protection is not new. In fact, an immunology article published in 1988 cites an 1892 German study as the first to report that human milk affords some kind of immune protection.1 A pediatrics article published in 1974 cites stud-ies dated 1922, 1934, 1935, 1958, and 1961, all of which reported clinical ...
3 Articulating Knowledge and Practice The Rhetoric of Infant-Feeding Policy
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We now take a more in-depth look at the three AAP policy statements that have communicated the organization’s official stance on breastfeeding during the last three decades. The first statement, titled “The Promotion of Breastfeed-ing,” was authored by the AAP Task Force on the Promotion of Breastfeeding and published in 1982. The second statement, titled “Breastfeeding and the ...
4 Viral Rhetoric Breast and Bottle in Current Promotional Discourse
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A poster published by the American Academy of Pediatrics contains the fol-lowing text about human milk’s immune-protective qualities: “New babies are at risk for many infections. It is important that they receive all recommended immunizations. Breast milk is not only the perfect food, but is loaded with infection-fighting substances that help protect babies right from birth. It even ...
5 Rhetorical Agency and Resistance in the Context of Infant Feeding
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You’re challenging the person who’s taking care of your baby. . . . It’s almost like when I told the dental hygienist that I wanted her to change her gloves. . . . The thought that she had a sharp instru-As we continue to analyze how the breast–bottle controversy impacts the mothers targeted by today’s messages about infant feeding, we turn to con-...
6 Feminism, Rhetoric, and Breastfeeding Some Concluding Remarks
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In an August 29, 2008, interview with People magazine, vice-presidential can-didate Sarah Palin was asked how she could handle running for vice president while being a mother of five children, one of whom was still an infant. Palin started with her usual reply about the many challenges she had faced, but on this occasion she added some interesting language: “What I’ve had to do, ...
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Page Count: 204
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Studies in Rhetoric/Communication