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Dr. Virginia Thorley, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Lactation 2014, GOLD Lactation 2015
  • Country: Australia

Dr Virginia Thorley is a pioneer of the breastfeeding movement in Australia. She was the first breastfeeding counsellor in Queensland and in 1985 was in the first cohort in the world to certify IBCLC. In 2008 she was one of the first Fellows of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA). She has two Research Higher Degrees in History (MA and PhD) and her current research interests include influences on mothers' infant-feeding decisions, wet-nursing, milk-sharing and milk banking. Dr Thorley is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of HPRC at the University of Queensland. She is the author of several books and book chapters and most recently was co-editor, with Melissa Vickers, of The 10th Step & Beyond: Mother Support for Breastfeeding. She has presented at conferences on five continents.

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Breastfeeding can't save lives today – or can it?
Surely breastfeeding can't save lives today? What's unsafe about 'formula' feeding in a resource-rich region? These are common beliefs. Breastfeeding provides the infant's entire food needs for the first six months. The protection of life afforded by human milk at any age is important – everywhere. A resource-rich region can suddenly become resource-poor when a natural disaster, extreme weather or major civil upheaval strikes. Factors impacting the artificially-fed infant's food security are: - dependence on transport of supplies from afar - dependence on electricity or other fuel for boiling water, cleansing equipment, refrigeration - dependence on unsafe water for reconstituting powdered 'formula' and hygienic preparation - lack of support and privacy for mothers to relactate or access donor milk - donation of 'formula' supplies – undermining breastfeeding I shall now describe real experiences where breastfeeding saved the day and hypothetical scenarios based on fact.
Presentations: 28  |  Hours / CE Credits: 23.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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Latch problems arising from mothers' fear response to anticipated pain
Mothers who have experienced severe nipple pain when latching their babies may respond to their fear of pain with a behavior that causes the very pain they are trying to avoid. This presentation will provide information for identifying this behaviour, the process behind it, and how this flinching negatively impacts on latch. Strategies are provided to assist the clinician to assist the mother to recognize what she is doing and why, and teach her strategies using more than one of her senses to override the fear response. Finally, as nipple pain may have more than one cause, checking for common or uncommon co-morbidities is discussed.
Presentations: 27  |  Hours / CE Credits: 24  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks