This thesis explores ideas of family, La Leche League and gender domains by investigating ideas of family, beastfeeding and La Leche League. La Leche League is a breastfeeding support group in Orville, Ohio. This study is divided into four parts. The literature section reviews theories about family and breastfeeding. The methedology indicates the qualitative research design employed to collect data. The data suggests the information received from the attendance of four meetings and the data collected from surveys of the participants and their "significant others". The analysis suggests that family for this population may be viewed in terms of the dependence/independence theory. LLL may provide what extended families provided previously for mothers. Lastly, gender domains are reflected by association of nature and the domestication spheres with women.


Frese, Pamela


Sociology and Anthropology

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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