Bookshop welcomes Kristin J. Wilson for a book discussion and signing of her new book, Others' Milk. Wilson will be in conversation with writer Liza Monroy. Breastfeeding rarely conforms to the idealized Madonna-and-baby image seen in old artwork, now re-cast in celebrity breastfeeding photo spreads and pro-breastfeeding ad campaigns. Wilson will be in-conversation with author Liza Monroy. The personal accounts in Others’ Milk illustrate just how messy and challenging and unpredictable it can be—an uncomfortable reality in the contemporary context of high-stakes motherhood in which “successful” breastfeeding proves one’s maternal mettle.
Exceptional breastfeeders find creative ways to feed and care for their children—such as by inducing lactation, sharing milk, or exclusively pumping. They want to adhere to the societal ideal of giving them “the best” but sometimes have to face off with dogmatic authorities in order to do so. Kristin J. Wilson argues that while breastfeeding is never going to be the feasible choice for everyone, it should be accessible to anyone.
KRISTIN J. WILSON is chair of the anthropology department at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. Dr. Wilson grew up in Georgia and first moved to Santa Cruz in 1999. She is an ethnographer interested in matters of reproductive justice and an "exceptional breastfeeder" herself. She fostered and then adopted two boys from Santa Cruz County; one received donor milk for a year and the other she breastfed. Dr. Wilson completed her Ph.D. in Sociology from Georgia State University in 2009. Her first book, Not Trying: Infertility, Childlessness, and Ambivalence, comes from in-depth interviews with women who belong to the majority of those diagnosed with infertility--the ones who choose not to pursue treatment.
LIZA MONROY is the author of the personal essay collection Seeing As Your Shoes Are Soon To Be On Fire (Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press), the memoir The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took To Keep My Best Friend In America And What It Taught Us About Love (Counterpoint/Soft Skull), and the novel Mexican High (Spiegel & Grau/Random House). Learn more here.
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