10. Lactational Burkas and Milkmen

On Public Breastfeeding and Male Lactation

  1. Sheila Lintott Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  1. Maureen Sander-Staudt assistant professor

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch10

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Sander-Staudt, M. (2010) Lactational Burkas and Milkmen, in Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (ed S. Lintott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch10

Editor Information

  1. Bucknell University, USA

Author Information

  1. Arizona State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330281

Online ISBN: 9781444324525



  • Lactational Burkas and Milkmen - on public breastfeeding and male lactation;
  • questions on how culture - might be different if men could breastfeed;
  • “workman's lactational leaves” - companies offering benefits packages, where men could pump milk;
  • feminist ethic of care - breastfeeding, a natural function intimate but not obscene;
  • pushing women to cover up - while breastfeeding in public, remaining in private spaces;
  • lactational burkas and lactational burdens;
  • public breastfeeding legal in 34 states, but women in US harassed for breastfeeding - as violating decency standards;
  • breastfeeding as obscene - exposure of female breast, being considered obscene;
  • intimacy of breastfeeding


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Lactational Burkas, Lactational Burdens

  • Breastfeeding as Obscene

  • The Intimacy of Breastfeeding

  • “Breast is Best”

  • Milkmen

  • Conclusion

  • Notes