I’m doing a prerecorded online presentation to the V Congresso Nacional de Alimentos e Nutrição, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, at 8:00 p.m. on my book Unsavory Truth (Um Verdade Indigesta). Information about the conference is here. It runs from October 4 to 8.
Reading for the long weekend: Jennifer Grayson’s “Unlatched”
Jennifer Grayson. Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy. Harper. 2016.
I thought this book had plenty to say and said it well (and has a great cover). I did a blurb for it:
Unlatched is a deeply engaging, highly personal, well researched, and thoughtfully balanced account of how modern society has denormalized breastfeeding. Jennifer Grayson does not expect every mother to follow her example and breastfeed babies for three or four years. Instead, she asks us to consider how formula feeding became the norm and how government policies perpetuate it as the norm (see especially the stunning chapter on the Women, Infants, and Children program). She argues compellingly that our challenge as a society is to restore breastfeeding as the default for feeding babies, and to provide the support—political as well as emotional–that mothers need to breastfeed successfully.