SOURCE: Washington Post
Authors Call for a Rethink of Birth and Motherhood
Peggy O'Donnell Heffington makes an assertive argument that the United States has a long history of official involvement in motherhood, from making reproduction near-compulsory for white women on one side of the color line to eugenics and sterilization on the other.
SOURCE: Nursing Clio
Empathy in the Archive: Care and Disdain for Wet Nursing Mothers
by Anna K. Danziger Halperin
"Just like today, women’s decisions in the past about how to feed their babies were shaped by personal preference, to be sure, but the possibilities available are bounded by technological innovations, shifting medical advice, and social, cultural, and economic pressures and practices."
SOURCE: The Atlantic
What Parents Did Before Baby Formula
by Carla Cevasco
"The formula shortage is not a victory for breastfeeding. It is a calamity for families who, like families throughout history, just want to feed their children."
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Women Know You Can't Just Replace Formula with Breastfeeding
by Laura Earls
Breastfeeding advocacy is historically tied as much to a prescriptive and sentimental image of motherhood and maternal attachment as to concern for babies' health, and has long ignored physical and social obstacles to nursing.
SOURCE: Boston Review
by Judith Levine
Feminist thought that has questioned "the inexorable tie between mothers and children" and imagined women's lives without motherhood have been the "demon texts" of the movement;
SOURCE: The Atlantic
The Persistent Joy of Black Women
by Leah Wright-Rigueur
For Black women, claiming joy in motherhood is a rebellion against the historical subjection of "Black mothers’ private lives... to public surveillance, scrutiny, and judgment."
Anna Jarvis: The Woman Who Regretted Creating Mother's Day
The woman responsible for the creation of Mother's Day would have approved of the modest celebrations likely to take place this year. The commercialisation of the day horrified her - to the extent that she even campaigned to have it rescinded.
SOURCE: NY Times
Sarah Knott Looks at Pregnancy and Mothering Through the Ages
Knott, a professor at Indiana University, uses her own path to motherhood, which includes a miscarriage and two successful pregnancies, as the scaffolding for her engaging and pleasingly radical “unconventional history” of this subject.
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