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If they want to risk the health and well-being of their child, that’s up to them’: Long-term breastfeeding, risk and maternal identity.

Faircloth, Charlotte (2010) If they want to risk the health and well-being of their child, that’s up to them’: Long-term breastfeeding, risk and maternal identity. Health, Risk & Society, 12 (4). pp. 357-367. ISSN 1369-8575. (doi:10.1080/13698571003789674) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article examines the narratives of women who breastfeed their children for ‘extended’ periods of time, as a means of exploring the relationship between risk-consciousness, infant feeding and maternal identity. The paper shows that whilst these women practice a form of infant feeding which is validated by wider policy directives emphasising the risks associated with formula milk use, their ‘identity work’ is not as straightforward as may be expected. Indeed, women sit at a juncture between affirmation and marginalisation, highlighting a significant dissonance between statistical, ideological and cultural norms. The argument is that the widespread moralisation of infant feeding practices (and parenting more generally) appears to have amplified tensions between various ‘tribes’ of mothers. In terms of risk consciousness, this leaves the mothers in this sample in a double bind: on the one hand, their marginal position is affirmed through recourse to risk reduction, on the other, their non-conventional practices are left open to the charge of ‘riskiness’ with respect to the social and emotional development of their children.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13698571003789674
Additional information: Special Issue: Health, risk and contemporary parenting culture
Uncontrolled keywords: long-term, breastfeeding, risk-consciousness, maternal identity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 11:56 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34406 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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