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Sharing Milk: Mothering, Work, and Emotional Materiality

Shannon Carter and Beatriz Reyes-Foster


The feeding of human milk to socially and biologically unrelated infants is not a new phenomenon, but the Euroamerican values of individualism have generated expectations that mothers are individually responsible for feeding their own infants. Using a bio-communities of practice framework, this dynamic new analysis explores the emotional and material dimensions of the growing milk-sharing practice in the Global North and its implications for contemporary understandings of infant feeding in the United States. Ranging widely across themes of motherhood, gender and sociology, this is a compelling ... More

Keywords: human milk, infants, infant feeding, individualism, milk-sharing, Global North, motherhood, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781529202083
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529202083.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shannon Carter, author
University of Central Florida

Beatriz Reyes-Foster, author
University of Central Florida