9. Making Choices

The Ethics of Infant Feeding

  1. Sheila Lintott Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  1. Chris Mulford BA, BS nurse

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch9

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Mulford, C. (2010) Making Choices, in Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (ed S. Lintott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch9

Editor Information

  1. Bucknell University, USA

Author Information

  1. WIC clinics, 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



  • mom's morality - ethical issues in mothering;
  • making choices - the ethics of infant feeding;
  • mothers and babies, actors in the newborn feeding story;
  • marsupial or primate mother - carrying baby till it can keep up with her troop;
  • embodied roles, finding a balance between her needs and her child's needs;
  • riff on infant feeding - early feeding, a nutritional transition period;
  • ethical questions about infant feeding;
  • duty or obligation - to oneself, to others or to a higher power;
  • mothers duties to their children and themselves - in maintaining health;
  • human babies and their vulnerability


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Riff on Infant Feeding

  • Ethical Questions about Infant Feeding

  • Closing Thoughts on Classification and Responsibility

  • Notes