By Alison Bartlett
Breastwork supplies an unique and private method of a near-universal perform and does not shy from controversy or debatable subject matters, reminiscent of sexual wish and breastfeeding. It encompasses a vast variety of illustrations from Renaissance work of mom and baby (Madonna del Latte) to Jerry corridor breastfeeding at the conceal of self-importance reasonable and Kate Langbroek breastfeeding at the Panel to a banned New Zealand overall healthiness poster of a guy breastfeeding at paintings.
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So a television dramatisation of a breastfeeding crime is a particularly interesting barometer of contemporary cultural values and debates about breastfeeding. One night an episode of the North American NBC police drama Law and Order caught my attention, so I stayed up later to watch it. BreastWork04 28/7/05 11:30 AM Page 28 2 8 • BREASTWORK The episode was called ‘Mothers Milk’, and was about a young mother whose baby died of malnutrition due to breastfeeding difficulties (Dobbs). After the long machinations of police detective and forensic work, the mother was convicted of manslaughter, because ultimate responsibility for the baby was seen to lie with her.
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An anthropological study from Haiti exemplifies this need when it tells of a particular phenomenon known as ‘bad milk’, in which women’s milk is known to ‘go bad’ or ‘spoil’ as a result of emotional distress from violence and relationship difficulties (often resulting from economic hardship). The treatment for this malady involves the publicising of private pain, exposing the conditions of women’s domestic and structural abuse. The women with ‘bad milk’ often cease to have BreastWork04 28/7/05 11:30 AM Page 48 4 8 • BREASTWORK contact with their baby so that they don’t pass on the malady, indicating the significance of the condition.