Melissa Rochelle's Reviews > Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

Breasts by Florence   Williams
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Jun 26, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction, science, read-2012
Read from May 17 to June 24, 2012

This book is chock full of interesting, but scary information about boobs. At times, I would stop reading just so I could share the info I’d read with whoever (whomever?) was lucky enough to be near me.

The interesting parts: Breast implants today are considerably larger than what was considered large in the past (what was BIG then is only average in Texas today). Breast milk is AMAZING. Despite the fact that breasts develop certain functions on an as needed basis and change monthly, there still isn’t a field dedicated to breasts. (And breasts are the only organ to develop after birth…I think I read that correctly…AMAZING.)

The scary parts: BPA really is bad. The chemicals in your body are there to stay so your firstborn is screwed if you breastfeed. If you don’t breastfeed your kids are still screwed because formula is missing a lot of things in breast milk that can’t be reproduced (but either way you feed your kid is good because starving a baby is not an option).

Either way, Breasts is a great book for those that want to learn more about, well, breasts, but not get overwhelmed with technical terminology. And it’s a really great addition to the world of science and environmental health writing. Williams does a great job of taking the research and simplifying it for the non-sciencey folks out there (like me).

Read a little more at my blog: Life:Merging

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Reading Progress

05/17/2012 page 11
3.0% ""If to have breasts is to be human, then to save them is to save ourselves.""
05/23/2012 page 95
28.0% "Wow. So BPA is bad and I should avoid it. Good to know."
06/01/2012 page 141
42.0% "Kind of depressing: "...the whole prospect of trying to individually safeguard one's family from silent endocrine disruptors feels like a folly, because it can't be done in any meaningful way until the government and chemical companies change the way they test, manufacture, and market these substances.""
06/15/2012 page 180
53.0% "breast milk...we don't even know what's in it, but we say formula is a good option? hmm."
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