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From the “mommy wars” to the Kavanaugh hearings, modern womanhood is steeped in anger of some sort. Indeed, female rage has been a hot topic among feminist writers this year. Yet we have not examined this phenomenon through the lens of infant feeding, maternal health and creating connections to a new feminist agenda.
The discourse has also noticeably neglected the nuances of anger among mothers, a key subset of women, where anger is used to divide and the cultural penalties for black women who have suffered under “angry black woman” trope. Additionally and specifically, anger has had a unique impact on the breastfeeding experience and is often exploited to turn women against each other and breastfeeding advocates. How do we understand and place anger in the appropriate space to catalyze change for all women and to advance breastfeeding promotion?