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Who ‘Owns’ Breastfeeding? Relationships and roles in supporting the mother

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

$5 – $10


Mother support for the breastfeeding mother was the topic for World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2008 – and is equally important today.

This paper begins with why breastfeeding is a public health issue, and describes: the genesis of lay breastfeeding-support groups in the 1950s and ‘60s; the emergence of the IBCLC profession in 1985 and its development since then; and informal support. With all these stakeholders in the breastfeeding scene – WHO “owns” breastfeeding? Whose preserve is it?


Dr Virginia Thorley is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland. She has many years of involvement in supporting mothers and their infants in their breastfeeding, first qualifying as a breastfeeding counsellor in 1966 with both La Leche League and the Nursing Mothers’ Association (now the Australian Breastfeeding Association) and writing a handbook on breastfeeding for mothers and midwives (several editions). She certified IIBCLC in the initial cohort 1985 and has been continuously certified ever since, with a small private practice, mentoring colleagues, writing and speaking. She has a particular interest in mother-support for breastfeeding, with a number of publications and as co-editor with Melissa Vickers of a book on mother-support. In 2008 Virginia was inducted as a Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA). She has been a member of the boards of ILCA and LCANZ. She also has two Research Higher Degrees in History (UQ) and a graduate degree in Counselling (UNE).

Please note that this zoom session is available for QLD members only.


May 4
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$5 – $10


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