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Prof. Mary J. Renfrew

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Director of the Mother and Infant...

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Local Address:  Heslington , York , United Kingdom
University of York
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York , York YO10 5GH
United Kingdom

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  • BSc RGN SCM PhD
  • PhD
    Edinburgh
  • PhD author
    University of York UK
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Breastfeeding and an economic conspiracy? | WakaWomen
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'Breastfeeding is a natural negotiation between mother and baby and you interfere with it at your peril,' says Professor Mary Renfrew, Director of the Mother and Infant Research Unit, University of York . "But, in the early years of the last century, people were very busy interfering with it. In terms of the ecology of breastfeeding, what you have is a natural habitat that has been disturbed. But it's not just the presence of one big predator - the invention of artificial milk - that is important. It is the fact that the habitat was already weakened by other forces that made it so vulnerable to disaster.
'If you look at medical textbooks from the early part of the 20th century, you'll find many quotes about making breastfeeding scientific and exact, and it's out of these that you can see things beginning to fall apart.' This falling apart, says Renfrew, is largely due to the fear and mistrust that science had of the natural process of breastfeeding.
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'There was also the first wave of feminism,' says Renfrew, 'which stamped into everyone's consciousness in the 60s, and encouraged women get away from their babies and start living their lives.
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And yet, according to Mary Renfrew, 'Giving up breastfeeding is not something that women do lightly.
Soroptimist International Convention 2007 - Programme
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Plenary Session: Professor Peter Cox and Professor Mary Renfrew
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Professor Mary Renfrew
Mary Renfrew is Professor of Mother and Infant Health in the University of York, where she is also Director of the multidisciplinary Mother and Infant Research Unit, and Director of the national Collaborating Centre for Maternal and Child Nutrition (funded by NICE).
She has ongoing research and development work in infant feeding, inequalities in health, the organisation of maternity care, and ways of avoiding interventions in childbirth. She has been involved in research and education in midwifery and maternity care for over 25 years, in Scotland, England and Canada.
In addition to academic journal publications, she has written widely about maternity care, and is author or editor of seven bookks. She has worked closely with service users and consumer groups for many years, especially in the involvement of service users in research. She is co-author, with Chloe Fisher and Suzanne Arms, of 'Breastfeeding; getting breastfeeding right for you".
She has been Chair of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Strategic Committee for Maternal and Newborn Health, and has advised the WHO, UNICEF and the International Confederation of Midwives on aspects of maternal and child health, and research.
Who we are | Yorkshire & Humber HIEC
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Based in the Mother and Infant Research Unit (MIRU) at the University of York and Hull York Medical School, the theme is jointly led by Professor Mary Renfrew (MIRU) and Professor Bill McGuire (Hull York Medical School).
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Professor Mary J Renfrew BSc, RGN, SCM, DN, PhD is the Director, Mother and Infant Research Unit, Department of Health Sciences at University of York and Co-Director, Maternal and Infant Health and Care theme, Yorkshire and Humber Health Innovation and Education Cluster (HIEC)
A midwife by clinical background, Mary has been involved in practice, research and education in midwifery and maternity care for over 30 years, in Edinburgh, Oxford, Leeds, and York in the UK, and in Alberta, Canada. She has on-going and recent research and development work in infant feeding, inequalities in health, the organisation of maternity care, and avoiding interventions in childbirth. She led a programme of work on evidence and guidance and practice development related to maternal and infant nutrition for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
She is the co-author of around 100 peer reviewed publications and seven books. She has been co-editor of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, Chair of the Steering Group of the UK Breastfeeding Manifesto Coalition, and Chair of the WHO Strategic Committee for Maternal and Newborn Health. She is a member of the International Council of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, a Council member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, a member of the Research Standing Committee of the International Confederation of Midwives, and is a Senior Investigator with the National Institute for Health Research.
XL29: Mary Renfrew: The breastfeeding challenge: Why is breastfeeding a contentious topic? - Health e-Learning
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XL29: Mary Renfrew: The breastfeeding challenge: Why is breastfeeding a contentious topic?
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Mary Renfrew
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Prof Mary Renfrew BSc RGN SCM DM PhD
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Professor Mary Renfrew is Director of the Mother and Infant Research Unit in the University of York, England and also Senior Investigator with the UK National Institute for Health Research.
Her research programme includes ways of reducing interventions in childbirth and addressing inequalities in health, and she has a particular interest in evidence-based policy and practice.
She has co-authored over 95 peer-reviewed publications and seven books, including 'Bestfeeding', 'Enabling women to breastfeed' and 'A guide to effective care in pregnancy and childbirth'.
Baby Formula - What Baby Formula Makers Wont Tell You About Formula
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"Breastfeeding is a natural negotiation between mother and baby and you interfere with it at your peril," says Professor Mary Renfrew, Director of the Mother and Infant Research Unit, University of York.
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This falling apart, says Renfrew, is largely due to the fear and mistrust that science had of the natural process of breastfeeding. In particular, the fact that a mother can put a baby on the breast and do something else while breastfeeding, and have the baby naturally come off the breast when it's had enough, was seen as disorderly and inexact. The medical/ scientific model replaced this natural situation with precise measurements - for instance, how many millilitres of milk a baby should ideally have at each sitting - which skewed the natural balance between mother and baby, and established bottlefeeding as a biological norm.
Breastfeeding rates also began to decline as a consequence of women's changed circumstances after World War I, as more women left their children behind to go into the workplace as a consequence of women's emancipation - and the loss of men in the 'killing fields' - and to an even larger extent with the advent of World War II, when even more women entered into employment outside of the home.
"There was also the first wave of feminism," says Renfrew, "which stamped into everyone's consciousness in the 60s, and encouraged women get away from their babies and start living their lives.
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"There was lots of topping up," says Professor Renfrew.
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And yet, according to Mary Renfrew, 'Giving up breastfeeding is not something that women do lightly.
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