The "Breastfeeding Crisis": Parenting, Welfare Policies, and Ideology in Imperial Germany, 1871-1914

Haustein, Katja (2016) The "Breastfeeding Crisis": Parenting, Welfare Policies, and Ideology in Imperial Germany, 1871-1914. In: Barron, Hester and Siebrecht, Claudia, eds. Raising the Nation: Parenting and the State in Britain and Europe, c 1870-1950. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 47-70. ISBN 978-3-319-34083-8. E-ISBN 978-3-319-34084-5. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-34084-5) (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

Towards the second half of the nineteenth century public health officials and government representatives became increasingly concerned about the high rate of infant mortality in Germany accompanied by a sharp drop in the birth rate. Consequently, an unprecedented campaign for maternal breastfeeding became a key element of the German maternal welfare movement. On the basis of source material that ranges from treatises written by physicians in state employment to statements by mothers and their family members, this chapter discusses the role of maternal breastfeeding at the interface between ideology, control, disciplining and protection on the one hand, and everyday parenting practices on the other. By exploring this as yet little-studied aspect of maternal history this chapter sheds new light on the relationship between parenting and the state.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Comparative Literature
Depositing User: Jacqui Martlew
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2016 15:47 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2016 16:33 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/58488 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Haustein, Katja: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9649-1152
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