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Fresh Milk

The Secret Life of Breasts

About The Book

While countless breastfeeding guides crowd bookshelves, not one of them speaks to women with anything approaching bestselling author Fiona Giles's level of intimacy and vitality. In Fresh Milk, through a provocative collection of stories, memories, and personal accounts, Giles uncovers the myths and truths of the lactating breast.
From the young mother grappling with the bewildering trappings of maternity wear to the woman who finds herself surprisingly aroused by new sensations, and the modern dad who learns the ins and outs of breastfeeding, the portraits in Giles's eye-opening book offer a funny, wise, and comforting resource for women -- and even their friends and partners who have had, or expect, intimate experiences with the pleasures and pain of lactation.
By turns poignant and informative, sexy and witty, empathic and empowering, Fresh Milk delivers everything we wanted to know about breastfeeding that our mothers never told us.

About The Author

Photo Credit: Lorrie Graham

Fiona Giles is an Australian scholar, writer, and feminist. A graduate of Oxford University, she lives in Sydney with her partner and two sons.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 2, 2003)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743211475

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Raves and Reviews

Hope Edelman author of Motherless Daughters and Mother of My Mother Provocative and insightful, surprising and occasionally irreverent, Fresh Milk is a lactation primer for the twenty-first century.

Marilyn Yalom author of A History of the Breast and A History of the Wife This is NOT your everyday breastfeeding manual. It is a fascinating, quirky... funny collection of stories about breastfeeding that should be read by all women who are nursing or intend to nurse."

Noelle Oxenhandler author of The Eros of Parenthood Fresh Milk provides a witty, moving, and compassionate reservoir of honest and intimate experiences....I have no doubt that it will provide a rich and comforting sustenance for mothers and their broods for generations to come.

Bernice L. Hausman author of Mother's Milk Fresh Milk is precisely the kind of book that I wish I had had while breastfeeding my own kids. Off-beat, even raunchy at times, the accounts presented by Giles remind us that nursing narratives aren't limited to stories between mothers and infants, that breastfeeding is already present in our lives in ways that we don't even fully realize.

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