We recently went to see the profoundly inspiring journalist, author and mother Kimberly Seals Allers speak and read from her book, “The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding” at Wild Was Mama in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
As women working in the field of perinatal health, we think deeply about the ways in which society lets our women down when it comes to normal birth. Kimberly has put down on paper an incredibly engrossing and infuriating look at society’s failure to truly support breastfeeding; pitting women against each other in so-called “mommy-wars” and the deceptive notion of “choice” while forcing individual women to assume all of the burden of breastfeeding.
Her book is a powerful take on the distribution of responsibility for everyone and everything that has failed US women and set them up to fail in breastfeeding. There are personal accounts, research and stories about the formula industry, midwives, obstetricians and pediatricians, feminists and “lactivists.”
This book is a call to action for women, birth workers, advocates. Check it out and let us know what you think!