No bottles, no pacies and no cupcakes: a feminist analysis of motherhood in La Leche League Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Livingston, Taylor
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
  • La Leche League constructs and produces certain types of mothers through its discourse. The discourse is built around the ideology of the white or middle class privilege of individual choice. This ideology is the scaffolding upon which the organization hangs its philosophy. It is my argument that La Leche League would actually fulfill its mission to help and support all women who want to breastfeed, if they shifted their theoretical frame from centering on white or middle class privilege of free choice, to recognizing that all women, often because of color or class, do not have this privilege. In addition, they could also fulfill their mission by using their status as the world's foremost authority on breastfeeding to advocate politically for cultural and societal changes that would support, help, and allow all women who want to breastfeed, to be able to do so.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Anthropology."
  • Sawin, Patricia
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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