October 13, 2017

“The Big Let Down” author Kimberly Seals Allers

In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with journalist and author of the book, The Big Let DownHow Medicine, Big Business and Feminism Undermine BreastfeedingKimberly and I discus the role of big pharmaceutical companies and the push for baby formula in doctor’s offices and hospitals and how they undermine a woman’s confidence in her ability to breastfeed.  She also reveals shocking information like who really backs research studies and is formula FDA approved?

In this episode:

  • What inspired Kimberley to write this book
  • Some of the most surprising facts or experiences she came across will researching and writing this book
  • The relationship of growth charts and infant formula.
  • What is the subliminal roll of Infant formula in dr offices and hospitals
  • The role the pharma campanies with offering free stuff to the doctors and nurses and funded studies to support their product.
  • The lack of education OBs and pediatricians receive on breastfeeding
  • Marketing to women even before they gave birth and the problems and fear formula companies are creating
  • Is baby formula FDA approved?
  • Insurance companies covering the cost breast pumps and the opposition that was met along the way to this success
  • The disparity in breastfeeding among different racial and socioeconomic groups
  • Places women can not find le leche support or baby friendly hospitals and suggestions for resources for these women to turn to
  • The power of the celebrity
  • Overly sexual message of breasts and the impact on public breastfeeding.
  • Where people can find Kimberley and and what she is up to now

About Kimberly:

Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, author and a nationally recognized media commentator, consultant and advocate for breastfeeding and infant health. A former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine, Kimberly is widely considered a leading voice in the counterculture movement in infant feeding. Last year, her online commentaries on the social, structural and racial complexities of maternal and child health issues received over 10 million page views. Kimberly’s fifth book, The Big Let Down—How Medicine, Big Business and Feminism Undermine Breastfeedingpublished by St. Martin’s Press, is available everywhere starting January 24th, 2017.
Connect with Kimberly: 
Instagram & Twitter: @iamksealsallers
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