Lactation & Early Parenting Consultant, Mama of 2 & Expert Speaker at The Baby Show
Vanessa Christie (MSc, MN, IBCLC, RHV, RNC, CIMI) is an experienced Lactation Consultant, Health Visitor, Children's Nurse, Birth Trauma Practitioner and Infant Massage Instructor, accumulating over 18 years of professional practice to-date.
She has worked in neonatal care, acute paediatrics, community health and for the aid agency, Medecins Sans Frontiers, in South Sudan. She has also previously been the NHS Breastfeeding Lead for Central London, writing and delivering infant feeding training to GPs, Health Visitors and Midwives.
Since having her daughters and gaining over 3 years of invaluable first-hand breastfeeding experience, she established her private practice providing a wide variety of antenatal and postnatal services across Kent, Sussex and London. She is also kept busy with national and international clients, who seek her advice via online consultations. Vanessa has maintained links with local authority services and works closely with colleagues, to provide specialist breastfeeding clinics in West Kent.
In addition, Vanessa regularly facilitates OCN accredited Maternity Nurse training courses, in London and abroad, for the highly acclaimed agency Babyem. She comments regularly on breastfeeding in the media and is currently writing her first book.
Vanessa works tirelessly to support as many parents as possible to succeed in their own personal breastfeeding goals, whatever they may be.
Vanessa is an expert speaker at The Baby Show, the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event held three times a year at London ExCeL (March), Birmingham NEC ( May) and London Olympia (October).
www.vanessachristie.com // www.thebabyshow.co.uk
So, let's presume another new baby is joining your ranks. How best can you approach the first few months to help you and the rest of your family have as smooth a time as possible? Even with all the people around Catherine, no-one is entirely immune from the whirlwind that is early family-life so, your Royal Highness, this is for you as well.
They can often be left reeling with a deep sense of failure and guilt. But in truth, it is never their personal responsibility. It is the failure of a medical and cultural system, that has not enabled them to reach their goals, or at the very least, given them a knowledgeable and non-judgmental explanation as to what happened.
I was blown away this morning. It was hands down the single best moment of my working life as an IBCLC to date. Early last year I had an email from a lady who was expecting her first child and was enquiring about some antenatal breastfeeding support.
Weaning off the breast doesn't have to be an all or nothing event and it also needn't be a conscious parent-led decision. If you and your baby are happy the way things are, then you may consider continuing to breastfeed until he or she decides that time's up and weans themselves naturally. On the other hand, if taking charge of the weaning process is the right decision for you, it's ideal to take it gradually and as gently as possible.
Breastfeeding out and about gets a pretty bad image in the news. All we tend to hear about are stories of mums being asked to leave shops, restaurants, swimming pools, libraries, public transport and so on.
20/02/2017 15:58 GMT
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