The Big Letdown

We’d like to share this thought-provoking presentation given by Kimberly Seals Allers introducing her new book, The Big Letdown. We hope you enjoy it!
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    The Big Letdown – Kimberly Seals Allers

    Kimberly Seals Allers

    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 Letdown, (St. Martin’s Press) is a groundbreaking book on the social, political and economic influences on the American breastfeeding culture was released in January 2017.

    More information about Kimberly can be found on her website

    The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding

    The Big Letdown (St. Martin’s Press), is an in-depth analysis of the social, economic and political influences of the American breastfeeding culture. For decades, the breastfeeding conversation has been rooted in an individualistic approach, leaving women to fend and fight for themselves–usually turning on each other. But there is a bigger picture–one that involves structural gaps, capitalist interests, feminist ideology and the growing industrialization of our food system that begins with a battle for the first meal of every newborn. Yes, breastfeeding is only a small window of the motherhood spectrum, but it provides a powerful lens to peer into the conflicts shaping and dividing women’s lives. And we are all affected, whether we have children or not.

    Falling back on her journalistic training, Kimberly has delved into fields as varied as pediatrics, sociology, history, feminism, capitalism and pop culture to better understand the social history and the modern influences, some subtle some blatant that impact women as infant feeding decision makers every day. The mother-child dyad is the most basic yet significant biological unit of humankind, and if something is occurring to contaminate that relationship and every woman’s right to feed, on either side, whether that is by well-meaning activists, scientific research processes or deep-pocketed drug companies, then it must be thoroughly examined. The Big Letdown is eye-opening exploration of what she discovered.



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    The Big Let Down Lifts Up

    Dear Friends,
    I am super excited to share that The Big Let Down was the #1 new release in its category for the first week! With your support, we are taking the message of The Big Let Down all the way up!! But we leave no mother behind. Therefore, I am equally delighted to announce the launch of my national give-back book drive:

    “The Big Let Down Lifts Up ”

    Help ‘lift the letdown’ off women in vulnerable communities in Detroit and Philadelphia.
    Support low-income women to understand the “why’s” of breastfeeding in a challenging landscape. Here’s how it works: Buy the book. Write your personal message to the mom recipient, choose your thank you gift. Watch me deliver books and other resources to the communities in the coming months. More details below and at, including a look at our signature “I Lifted” tee as one of the free gifts (Modeled by the lovely, Simran Noor).
    In motherhood,

    The Big Let Down Lifts Up Infographic

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