Assistant Professor of Anthropology Aunchalee Palmquist gave an invited talk at the 23 Annual Art of Breastfeeding Conference: Weaving a Tapestry of Breastfeeding Support on Oct. 9, 2013, in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Her presentation, “Milk Sharing: Is it Worth the Risk?”, provided an overview of some of the critical anthropological questions and perspectives surrounding the emergence of Internet facilitated breast milk sharing in the United States. A central focus of the talk was on the social construction of “risk” in milk sharing discourses, comparing perspectives of public health authorities, health care providers, and those engaged in milk sharing practices.
The Art of Breastfeeding Conference is designed to promote breastfeeding by providing up-to-date information and evidence-based strategies for management of breastfeeding and human lactation. The purpose of the conference is to enhance clinical and leadership knowledge and skills for those working with breastfeeding families.
It is sponsored by Wake Areas Health Education Center (AHEC) in Raleigh, N.C.