Breast-feeding : natural, instinctual or cultural act? A desire, a need or
a duty ?
Passionate and ceaseless debate, it cannot be solved by calling upon the sole biological argument. Breast-feeding
or bottle-feeding implies differences in the gestural, the posture and the biological interactions, ethologic
and fantasmatic. What about the methods, techniques and cultures of breast-feeding in France and in the world?
But also from Antiquity to our days?
Can maternal milk be "not good" and hinder breast-feeding just like some somatic or psychiatric pathologies
could? Breast-feeding : junction between the mother's breast and the new-born baby's mouth; can the erotic breast
leave the place to the organe of lactation? When and how can sevrance be envisaged ?
Various specialists were solicited in order to treat the anthropological, biological, ethnological, ethnopsychiatric,
ethologic, historical, philosophical, psychodynamic, sociological and statistical aspects.