Praeclarus Press is Proud to Announce the Release of its Newest Breastfeeding Support Book, It Takes A Village, Available March 2015

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Breastfeeding mothers often find their breastfeeding experiences in the beginning, and even beyond, can be difficult and isolating, especially when they lack strong networks of support. Edited by Paige Hall Smith and Miriam Labbok, It Takes a Village: The Role of Greater Community in Inspiring and Empowering Women to Breastfeed, examines how society, communities and institutions can make changes that will positively effect breastfeeding outcomes.

It Takes A Village by Paige Hall Smith MSPH, PhD

It Takes A Village by Paige Hall Smith MSPH, PhD

...it actually does “take a village” to feed a baby: women who breastfeed need the active support of families, communities, institutions, and governments.

Praeclarus Press proudly announces the upcoming release of It Takes a Village: The Role of Greater Community in Inspiring and Empowering Women to Breastfeed. It Takes a ViIlage, edited by Paige Hall Smith, MSPH, PhD and Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, IBCLC reflects the ancient idea that raising healthy, wise children is a social good. The publication represents the best of recent scholarship in breastfeeding, with 40 papers from the 2013 Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference. Together, the papers form a compelling and readable volume showing where breastfeeding advocates have been and where they need to go next.

According to Smith and Labbok, "It is critical that our social structures, our social norms, and our laws and policies reflect the worth and dignity of all of us regardless of our age, race, sex, gender, sexuality, religion, or abilities." These "villages" can support women by helping them integrate mothering with employment, increasing access to human milk, improving media support, and reducing inequities in care. Other topics addressed in the volume include: Improving Birth Facility and Professional Health Care Support and Expanding and Improving Media Support for Breastfeeding.

The official launch of It Takes a Village: The Role of Greater Community in Inspiring and Empowering Women to Breastfeed, will take place March 19-20, 2015 at the tenth annual Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. To purchase the book, please visit the Praeclarus Press online store.

Paige Hall Smith, PhD, MSPH is Director of the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness and associate professor of Public Health Education at UNC Greensboro. She is founder and co-director of the Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference. She is author of Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities.

Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, IBCLC, and Fellow of ACPM, ABM, and ILCA, is Professor and Director, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, Department of Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Co-editor of two recent books on women and breastfeeding, and author of scores scientific publications and chapters, Dr Labbok is pleased to serve as the co-director of the Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference series.

Praeclarus Press is a small press founded by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA that specializes in women’s health. It features books, webinars, and products that support women's health throughout their lifespan. Based in Amarillo, Texas, the mission of Praeclarus Press is to produce materials that change women’s lives.

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