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

Breasts by Florence  Williams
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really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction, science, read-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

April 5, 2012 – Shelved
May 17, 2012 – Started Reading
May 17, 2012 – Shelved as: nonfiction
May 17, 2012 –
page 11
3.25% ""If to have breasts is to be human, then to save them is to save ourselves.""
May 23, 2012 –
page 95
28.11% "Wow. So BPA is bad and I should avoid it. Good to know."
May 24, 2012 –
page 114
June 1, 2012 –
page 141
41.72% "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.""
June 1, 2012 – Shelved as: science
June 15, 2012 –
page 180
53.25% "breast milk...we don't even know what's in it, but we say formula is a good option? hmm."
June 22, 2012 –
page 219
June 24, 2012 –
page 338
June 24, 2012 – Finished Reading
June 28, 2012 – Shelved as: read-2012

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