A startling new book, Breastfeeding Older Children, reveals a hidden phenomenon: thousands of children in the developed world, including the UK, are being breastfed for five, six, seven and eight years and, in some cases, longer.
This has significance for us all.
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 a 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.
Breastfeeding Older Children investigates the involvement of breasts in sex, with intriguing results. Is the male ‘phwaor!’ response to the sight of large breasts not a matter of surging testosterone and expression of male virility but rather a manifestation of a deprivation of breastfeeding in early life?
Breastfeeding Older Children probes the breast v bottle issue, and looks at lines of contention around long-term breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding Older Children argues that sustained breastfeeding is a woman’s right and a feminist issue, and ventures into prehistory to prove the point.
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!
‘An exciting, highly original and carefully researched study of prolonged breastfeeding, discussed in an international context’.
Sheila Kitzinger, author of numerous books and renowned expert on birth and breastfeeding
the book will be published on 1 Jan 2010 and can be purchased from NBN International Ltd www.nbninternational.com click on ‘Ordering’, click on ‘Book Search’ and enter title.
A pre-publication offer of £16.50 (instead of £17.95) with free UK postage, will apply to all orders received before 1 Jan 2010, enter promotional code BOC09 on relevant page.
UK orders received by 10 Nov 2009 will be despatched in time for Christmas delivery – sorry that can’t also apply to the rest of the world.