Dr Thorley
Dr Thorley
Honorary Research Fellow
Contact Details:
Email: v.thorley@uq.edu.au
ThA (Aust Coll Theol)
DipEd (UQ)
Grad Cert TESOL (UNE)
PhD (UQ)
Grad Dip Counselling (UNE)

  • 2015. 'A mother, yet not ‘mother’: the occupation of wet-nursing'. Journal of Family Studies, 21(3): 305-323.
  • 2015. 'The Tenth Step of the BFHI: What midwives need to know about optimal support for mothers, post-discharge' Midwifery.
  • 2015. 'Free supplies and the appearance of endorsement: distribution of tobacco to soldiers and artificial infant formula to new mothers'. Journal of Human Lactation; 31(2): 213-215.
  • 2014. 'Australian school milk schemes to 1974: For the benefit of whom?' Health & History; 16(2): 63-86.
  • 2014. 'Review of Ribbens McCarthy, J., Doolittle, M, and Day Sclater, S. Understanding family Meanings: A Reflective Text'. In Journal of the Motherhood Initiative; 5(1): 335-336.
  • 2014. Milk siblingship, religious and secular: History, applications, and implications for practice. Women and Birth, in press. (An AudioSlides presentation of this article is available at: http://audioslides.elsevier.com/getvideo.aspx?doi=10.1016/j.wombi.2014.09.003).
  • 2014. 'Assumptions and advice: mothers and Queensland well-baby clinics'. A review. Breastfeeding Review: Journal of The Australian Breastfeeding Association, 22(1): 23-30.
  • 2014. ‘There is absolutely NO SUBSTITUTE for fresh milk’: dairy marketing in Australia, twentieth century. International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Science, 2(2): 1-14.
  • 2013. Breastmilk feeding: from necessity for a few to life choice. Implications and ethics. In: ILCA 2013: International Lactation Consultant Association Conference & Annual Meeting, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. 25-28 July, 2013.
  • 2013. 'Induced lactation and relactation'. In Rebecca Mannel, Patricia J. Martens and Marsha Walker (Ed.), Core curriculum for lactation consultant practice 3rd ed. (pp. 675-700) Burlington, MA, United States: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  • 2012. 'Accounts of infant-feeding advice received by mothers: Queensland, Australia 1945-1965'. Nursing Reports, 2(1): 71-79.
  • 2012. Thorley V & Vickers MC, eds. The 10th Step and Beyond: Mother Support for Breastfeeding (Amarillo, TX: Hale Publishing, 2012). [Chapters by Dr Thorley are: Introduction; chapter 2, 'Mother support as part of the self-help and mutual aid movement: historical overview'; chapter 17, 'Sustainability: Why good programs fail and what we need to know'; Conclusion].
  • 2012. 'Adoptive breastfeeding and relactation'. In Core Curriculum for Lactation Practice (Sudbury, Massachusetts: Jones & Bartlett, 2012).
  • 2012. 'Human milk use in Australian hospitals, 1949-1985'. Breastfeeding Review, 20(2): 13-23.
  • 2012. 'Human milk banking in the volunteer sector: policy development and actuality in 1970s Australia'. Midwifery, 28(2): 247-251.
  • 2012. 'Human milk banking to 1985'. Breastfeeding Review, 29(1): 17-23.
  • 2012. ‘Mothers' experiences sharing breastfeeding or breastmilk, Part 2: early 21st century’. Nursing Reports, 2(1): 4-12.
  • 2011. ‘Middle-class mothers as activists for change: The Australian Breastfeeding Association’, in O'Reilly, Andrea, ed. The 21st Century Motherhood Movement: Activist Mothers Speak Out on Why We Need to Change and How to Do It (Toronto: Demeter Press, 2011): 197-209.
  • 2009. Mother to Mother: The History of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Breastfeeding Association (Coorparoo, Qld: Qld Branch of ABA, 2009).
  • 2009. ‘Mothers’ experience of sharing breastfeeding or breastmilk: Co-feeding in Australia 1978-2008’. Breastfeeding Review, 17(1): 9-18.
  • 2008. ‘Breasts for hire and shared breastfeeding: Wet nursing and cross-feeding in Australia, 1900-2000’. Health & History, 10(1): 88-109.
  • 2003. '"Medical Mother": Lady Cilento’s journalism'. Birth Issues, 12: 19-23.
  • 2003. ‘Commercial interests and advice on infant feeding: marketing to mothers in Postwar Queensland’. Health & History, 5(1): 65-89.
  • 2003. ‘Printed advice on initiating and maintaining breastfeeding in mid-twentieth century Queensland’. J Hum Lact 19(1): 77-89.
  • 2002. ‘Volunteerism and government policy in infant welfare in Queensland, Australia, 1931-1961: working round the ban’. Int J Self Help Self Care 2001-2002;1(4):345-352.
  • 2002. ‘Maternal dietary advice as an artifact of time and culture: Post-World War II Queensland’. Breastfeeding Review 2002 (March); 10(1):25-26.
  • 2001. ‘Softly, softly: How the Mothercraft Association of Queensland co-existed with government policy, 1931-1961’. Health & History 3(2): 80-93.
  • 2001. ‘Midwives, trainees and mothers: Maternity hospital conditions in postwar Queensland’. Birth Issues 10(3/4): 101-106.
  • 2001. ‘Initiating breastfeeding in post-World War II Queensland’. Breastfeeding Review 9(3): 21-26.


Current Research interests:
  • Wet nursing
  • Informal sharing of mother’s milk
  • Human milk banking

Other Activities and Service:
  • Ad hoc reviewer for a number of journals, including Midwifery, Women & Birth and the Journal of Human Lactation.
  • Member of the International Advisory Council of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).
  • Director of Lactation Consultants of Australia & New Zealand.
  • Please see Dr Thorley's personal website for further information.


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