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Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  108 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 2nd 2003 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2003)
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Oct 04, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing
A very upbeat and open collection of stories about nursing and lactation. Not at all glurgey - just straightforward pieces covering sexuality & lactation, weaning, breastfeeding, not breastfeeding, inducing lactation for adopted children, lactation porn, and more, well-written and not too long, interspersed with interesting answers from Giles's survey of nursing mothers. Not celebratory but with a great deal of joy about lactation.
Mar 09, 2008 Jenna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mothers, feminists, breastfeeding mothers
Shelves: 2008-read-books
An interesting look at breastfeeding in culture and experience. This is not your typical "how to" book and goes past comfort levels for some individuals. Pornography is discussed. Also, some information is outdated (with regard to laws and existing milk banks) as it was published in 2003. Unique to this book is an international look at nursing instead of just an American viewpoint. It was nice to read while nursing but I wouldn't suggest it to all.
Nov 19, 2008 Anesa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: nursing mom's need some nursing humor
I have to say, I loved this book! The humor I found in it got me through some very tough nursing sessions. Granted, I found a few areas a little disturbing. But overall, I may not have made it through those early days without it.
Amber Henry
Jul 28, 2015 Amber Henry rated it liked it
Great book. But for the purposes I was reading it… (Study), I thought it reached beyond what I needed. There was a large focus on fetish and intimacy. While I acknowledge that this is interesting, I wanted to learn more about attitudes on breastfeeding for both men and women.
Nov 04, 2007 MichelleMarie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: if you are interested in lactation stories
This book was a compilation of stories from around the globe. It looked at "the other side" of breastfeeding that a lot of people don't talk about. I really enjoyed it at times but decided to skip the stories that I found disturbing. But it helps to give a different perspective just when you think you know everything or why someone might choose to do something then you hear their side (like men lactating, weaning at five and half years old etc.) worth reading...most of it
Jack Kirby and the X-man
I think the quote from Sheila Kitzinger on the front cover of the Australian edition says it all "All the things that the other books about breastfeeding don't say." From male lactation to wet nursing, cooking with breastmilk to lactaction in pornography - this book takes you on a wild ride very different to your standard how-to book.

Jan 22, 2011 Xaka rated it really liked it
This is a compilation of writings about breasts, especially as they pertain to breastfeeding. I enjoyed this book. One or two of the writings are even written by males. One is the story of man's breastfeeding experience with his daughter.

Once I started reading this, I didn't want to put it down.
Mar 17, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it
still in the middle, but it's an edited collection of essays and submitted anecdotes on breastfeeding, so it's possible for a busy person (e.g., mother of a nursing baby) to pop in and out of it and read a bit here and there
Mar 17, 2009 Keri rated it liked it
Someone requested this through interlibrary loan and it intrigued me so I read it this afternoon. A very interesting look at breastfeeding in a variety of ways...definitely thought-provoking.
Mar 14, 2008 Niki rated it it was amazing
Loved the range of stories in the book. Some I could get behind, others were far beyond what I'd be interested in. The sharing alone is worth the read.
Aug 22, 2007 Erin rated it it was ok
I got this book to give to my cousin when she was pregnant. It was kind of creepy-she couldn't even get through it!!!
Apr 11, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all time favorite books. Fantastic stories you might hear at La Leche League, but no where else.
Jun 30, 2008 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: nursing mothers
A 'fresh' perspective on breastfeeding. The author discusses things that most people see as taboo.
Jun 09, 2010 Patricia rated it really liked it
Fun stories about the trials and tribulations of breastfeeding. Written much like Bonk and Stiff.
May 26, 2008 Tami rated it liked it
A very interesting read for those in the breastfeeding years! A compilation of unique experiences.
May 02, 2009 Kimber rated it it was amazing
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I learned the most amazing things about breastfeeding and breastmilk. Fascinating.
Sep 29, 2007 Ami rated it liked it
This is an odd book and maybe one that is better left till one is done breastfeeding.
Jen Marin
Mar 15, 2008 Jen Marin rated it really liked it
Essays and stories about breastfeeding.
May 08, 2007 Kimberly rated it did not like it
Shelves: breastfeeding
Ugh! Yuck!
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Fiona Giles is an Australian scholar and feminist, currently teaching in the Deptartment of Media Studies and Communication at Sydney University. She is also a freelance writer recently published in The Bulletin; Meanjin; Australian Way; Australian Author; and HQ. She has regular media appearances on 'Beauty and the Beast' for Foxtel and Channel 10.

Fiona is the author of Chick For A Day, Dick For
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