The Resurgence of Breastfeeding, 1975-2000 S.M. Crowther

ISBN: 9780854841196

Published: March 20th 2009


176 pages


The Resurgence of Breastfeeding, 1975-2000  by  S.M. Crowther

The Resurgence of Breastfeeding, 1975-2000 by S.M. Crowther
March 20th 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 176 pages | ISBN: 9780854841196 | 9.80 Mb

As breast-milk substitutes became increasingly sophisticated and heavily marketed in the mid-twentieth century, bottle-feeding became regarded worldwide as safe, convenient, normal and even preferable to breastfeeding. From 1975, research conducted in the developing world, particularly Gambia, began to converge with work on immunology and child psychology to reassert the value of mothers own milk. At the same time, growing understanding of physiology, reproductive and developmental biology shifted interest from the composition of infant formulae to the biology of infant feeding.

Insights from comparative zoology, dairy science and animal husbandry, shared with research in human lactation and naturalization of childbirth all helped to de-medicalize infant feeding.Chaired by Professor Lawrence Weaver, this Witness Seminar was attended by representatives from womens groups, pressure groups and international organizations, including Baby Milk Action, IBFAN, La Leche League, the National Childbirth Trust, WHO and UNICEF, as well as paediatricians, obstetricians, physiologists, nutritional scientists, zoologists, psychologists and members of industry.

The discussion addressed the critical events, scientific advances, and social and political steps that drove the resurgence of breastfeeding, focusing not only on the nutritional science but also on the social context in which the changes took place.

Participants included: Mr James Akre, Professor Elizabeth Alder, Professor Forrester Cockburn, Miss Chloe Fisher, Professor Lars Hanson, Dr Elisabet Helsing, Dr Edmund Hey, Professor Peter Howie, Professor Mary Renfrew, Mrs Patti Rundall, Ms Ellena Salariya, Dr Felicity Savage, Professor Roger Short, Mrs Jenny Warren, Professor Roger Whitehead, Dr Anthony Williams, and Dr Michael Woolridge.

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