Breastfeeding in Custody Proceedings: A Modern-Day Manifestation of Liberal and Conservative Family Traditions

36 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2011 Last revised: 11 May 2012

Kate M. Baxter-Kauf

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Date Written: November 3, 2011

Abstract

This article explores the relationship between breastfeeding in custody proceedings and the supposedly discredited common law coverture and tender years doctrines. It argues that the case of custody disputes highlights the contradictory nature of family law through the relationship between parental autonomy, the privatization of dependency, and the judicially determined appropriateness of maternal relationships.

Keywords: family law, breastfeeding, custody

Suggested Citation

Baxter-Kauf, Kate M., Breastfeeding in Custody Proceedings: A Modern-Day Manifestation of Liberal and Conservative Family Traditions (November 3, 2011). 15 Rich. J.L. Pub. Int. 627 (2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1953944

Kate M. Baxter-Kauf (Contact Author)

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