Jul 22, 2010

Fresh Milk

the Secret Life of Breasts 
by Fiona Giles

I read this book back when I was (of course!) nursing my own child. It's a collection of anecdotes and stories that look at how breastfeeding is viewed in different cultures and stretches aside the curtain of taboo around it. Some of the stories and information are helpful and interesting, other chapters were (to me at least) very eccentric and bizarre. There are stories of nursing toddlers, the issues of breastfeeding in public, one incident of a mother who discovered her child had been breastfed by another woman at daycare! There there are stranger ones, of men comforting their babies by suckling them, of putting breastmilk into recipes- like homemade ice cream. Even speculations on breastmilk being sold in supermarkets. The chapters I found strangest and even disturbing broached subjects like women's erotic fantasies about their own breasts, or porn films starring lactating women. If you're interested in the subject of breastfeeding, this book is certainly an eye-opener that will entertain and shock just as much as it inspires! 

Rating: 3/5 ........ 267 pages, 2003

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bermudaonion said...

Wow! It sounds like that book is loaded with information. I just read of a woman who nurses her 8 year old.

Jeane said...

I'm all for people nursing as long as they can (I nursed until she was one and a half) but eight seems a bit too much!

Zibilee said...

I read a blog once where a man decided to eat his cereal doused with breast milk. I thought that was really very creepy, and he mentioned that it really grossed him out too. I keep asking myself why he did it if he thought it would gross him out.

farmlanebooks said...

Interesting?! Not sure I want to read a whole book about it, but do like to gossip with other mums in private :-)

Jeane said...

Breastmilk on cereal? Eww. Why did he, really? if he wanted to know what it tasted like, he didn't need a bowlful!

Jenny said...

Hahahaha, I'm double-grossed out by the breast milk in cereal story because I don't put milk on my cereal. Yuck, yuck (this book sounds interesting!), yuck.

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

This one sounds fascinating. Odd, but fascinating!

Caspette said...

Sounds interesting. Bit freaked out over the comment of breast milk in ceral ewww.

I am currently breastfeeding my son so probably relevant to me, but at the moment I seem to only be interested in non-fiction baby how to books.