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Dr Virginia Thorley, OAM, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant



Infant Sleep Information Service

Tired of sorting through conflicting information online? Not sure what to believe?

For parents and professionals, this website from Durham, UK, is a reliable source with lots of information in the one place.

NB. This website has a link to photographic images of safe sleeping that may be useful to you.

Infant sleep needs:

Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Incorporated (AAIMHI), at

When to start solids

Below is the unanimously agreed statement from the infant-feeding summit held in Melbourne on 13 May 2016. A number of media reports got it wrong. Here is a link to the correct statement.

Here is a link to the allergy association, ASCIA's, statement:

If the links do not work for you, try copying them into your browser. 

Book edited by Virginia Thorley and Melissa Clarke Vickers, The 10th Step and Beyond: Mother Support for Breastfeeding, published July 2012 by Hale Publishing. (Contact the author for local stockists.)

Previous book: Mother to Mother: The History of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Breastfeeding Association, 1969-2009, published by the Queensland Branch of ABA. Funding for the book was from the Queensland Government through the Q150 Community Funding Programme.

More about Virginia Thorley:

Mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding (Australia):

The national helpline of the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) can provide you with details of your nearest ABA group where you can meet other breastfeeding mothers and be part of a supportive group.

While lactation consultants are the trouble-shooters in the breastfeeding field with specialist skills, the support of other mothers has been shown to be of value in enabling mothers to meet their breastfeeding goals. Research shows that combining both professional help and mother-to-mother support is more beneficial than using just one mode. The ABA helpline can be accessed anywhere in Australia 24/7 for the cost of a local call. 1800 mum 2 mum (1800 686 268).

Mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding (New Zealand):

La Leche League New Zealand is the long-established local association of La Leche League International. "La Leche" means "the milk" and as the words are originally Spanish, "Leche" is pronounced as 2 syllables, "lay-chay".

All meetings and telephone support are provided by mothers who have specially trained as Leaders with La Leche League. For information about local contacts and meetings in your area, contact

Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ):

The trans-Tasman organisation for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. Go to the 'Find a Lactation Consultant' pages for contact details for an IBCLC in your area (for Australia and New Zealand).

Breastfeeding Gateway

Your gateway to breastfeeding information and news.

Breastfeeding Gateway

Your gateway to breastfeeding information and news.

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA):

Information, documents, research and links:

Tongue tie and its effects on breastfeeding:

Website of American paediatric dentist, Dr Larry Kotlow. with articles: (note the double "d")

Expressing your milk for your baby:

See the instructions and links to videos on my BLOG page.

Mammalian imprinting - the mother's nipple vs "decoy" objects

Article from the work of the late Dr Elsie Mobbs:

Short article by the late Dr Elsie Mobbs, "Latchment before attachment".

Cup-feeding - when it is appropriate, and how:

Article by Dr Virginia Thorley, at