Fluid Experts: Lactation consultants as postmodern professional specialists

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dc.contributor.author Carroll, Katherine en_US
dc.contributor.author Reiger, Kerreen en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T11:04:07Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-02T11:04:07Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.identifier 2010002853 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Carroll Katherine and Reiger Kerreen 2005, 'Fluid Experts: Lactation consultants as postmodern professional specialists', e-content management pty ltd, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 101-110. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1446-1242 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/15904
dc.description.abstract Since their accreditation as a professional specialty in 1985, lactation consultants have grown in number and prominence in maternity care. In North America and Australia, breastfeeding management is now a domain increasingly presided over by certified experts. This article explores the way in which this speciality has established a distinctive identity that straddles seemingly contradictory maternalist and medicalised discourses. Drawing on professional sources and on a small study of Victorian lactation consultants, it explores the shift from the maternalist imagery characteristic of voluntary breastfeeding support groups, to a more complex message about breastfeeding as a contemporary social practice. We argue that the way in which lactation consultants negotiate complex relationships with peers and clients gives rise to a fluid professional identity. This reflects not only their historical legacy and recent changes in health systems and professional roles, but also a postmodern cultural context, in which women negotiate their embodied identities as mothers, lovers and workers. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher e-content management pty ltd en_US
dc.title Fluid Experts: Lactation consultants as postmodern professional specialists en_US
dc.parent Health Sociology Review en_US
dc.journal.volume 14 en_US
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 101 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 110 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 160800 en_US
dc.personcode 112253 en_US
dc.personcode X000230 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Sociology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Breastfeeding; lactation consultants; professions; sociology; maternity care en_US


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