Links: Cultural Context of Breastfeeding and Parenting Choices

July 27, 2011. Posted in: Blog Posts

The Cultural Art of Breastfeeding by Cynthia Good Mojab, MS

Ammawell, Cynthia Good Mojab’s website, “dedicated to the support and understanding of the family and its members in their cultural context”

Cultural Diversity and Breastfeeding by Sheila Weibert, WHNP, IBCLC

The Culture of Parenting by Nancy E. Wight MD, FAAP, IBCLC

Breastfeeding in a Bottle-feeding Culture: How society influences women’s decisions by Amy Spangler

Straight Talk About Real Babies: Defining New-Mom Expectations by Ann Calandro, BSN, RNC, IBCLC

Breastfeeding And Artificial Babymilk; The Culture And Politics In Breastfeeding by Maya I Johansen

If breastfeeding is so great, why are the rates so low? from

Sleep With Me: A Trans-Cultural Look at the Power – and Protection – of Sharing a Bed by Meredith F. Small, from Mothering magazine, Nov/Dec 1998

Cultural Influences on Infant and Childhood Sleep Biology, and The Science that Studies It: Toward a More Inclusive Paradigm by James J.McKenna Ph.D.

PDF Breastfeeding: A Cultural Perspective – Understanding a Mother’s Breastfeeding


Worldview And Providing Culturally Sensitive Support, A Role-Play by Pauline Dunn

Controlled crying… oops sorry controlled comforting by Sue Cox RN, RM, IBCLC, ABA breastfeeding counsellor

Attachment Parenting in a Detached World by Jennifer Coburn

Social and biological determinants of lactation by Salvador Villalpando, Samuel Flores-Huerta, Mardia López-Alarcón, and Ignacia Cisneros-Silva

The cultural context of breastfeeding and breastfeeding policy by Penny Van Esterik (scroll about halfway down the page to find this paper)

Small, M. Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent. Dell Pub Co., 1999. Here is a review of the book from LEAVEN, Vol. 35 No. 2, April-May 1999, p. 38. In addition, has 39 excerpt pages from the book.

P. Stuart- Macadam and K.A. Dettwyler (eds.). Breastfeeding: Biocultural Perspectives. NY: Aldine De Gruyter, 1995. See excerpt from Chapter 7: Dettwyler, Katherine. “Beauty and the Breast: The Cultural Context of Breastfeeding in the United States.”

Baumslag N and Michels DL. Milk, Money, and Madness: The Culture and Politics of Breastfeeding. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey Trade, 1995.