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Cautionary tales about extended breastfeeding and weaning.
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PMID:  21547805     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Extended breastfeeding is uncommon and accorded limited research attention in the United States. In this article I analyze in-depth interviews with 66 breastfeeding mothers in Northern California. Mothers reveal their understanding of extended breastfeeding through descriptions of the surveillance of breastfeeding and cautionary tales. I examine the form and content of cautionary tales, emphasizing the pervasive culture of surveillance that underpins their relevance to nursing mothers. I interpret the cautionary tales in light of the dyadic encounter of breastfeeding, maternal identity, and norms about older breastfeeding children. The analysis is relevant to future explorations of early weaning in other regions.
Authors:
Cindy A Stearns
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health care for women international     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1096-4665     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Care Women Int     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8411543     Medline TA:  Health Care Women Int     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  538-54     Citation Subset:  N    
Affiliation:
Department of Sociology, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, USA.
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