Dancing in the Dark I. Romanticized Motherhood and the Breastfeeding Venture


  • Linda Blachman M.A., M.P.H.

    1. Linda Blachman is a Health Education Specialist with the Parenthood After Thirty project in Berkeley. She received an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from New York University and an M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a consultant and lecturer on maternal-child mental health and is currently writing a hook about motherhood and identity. Address inquiries to the author at 1719 Buena Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703.
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ABSTRACT: Women who breastfeed today are burdened cruelly by romanticized fantasies and idealized images of selfless motherhood which are purveyed not only by books and periodicals, but by other mothers. Yet there is a dark side to breastfeeding, one part of which is simply the wish to have one's body back to oneself. The denial of the doubts, insecurities, and fears that often accompany early motherhood can lead to difficulties for the new mother and the nursing experience.