Vanessa Christie (MSc, MN, IBCLC, RHV, RNC, CIMI) is a certified Lactation Consultant, Health Visitor, Children's Nurse and Infant Massage Instructor, accumulating over 18 years of professional practice to-date.
During her time in the NHS she worked with thousands of families in neonatal care, acute paediatrics, community health and then held the position of NHS Breastfeeding Lead for Central London, writing and delivering training to GPs, Health Visitors and Midwives. Vanessa has also previously worked as a Field Nurse for the humanitarian aid agency Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) in South Sudan.
Since having her daughters and gaining over 3 years of invaluable first-hand breastfeeding experience, she established www.allaboutbabyandme.co.uk, a private consultancy 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 phone and video 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 trains and certifies Maternity Nurses in the postnatal care of mothers and babies, for the highly acclaimed agency Babyem, in London and Europe.
She regularly writes feature articles and provides expert comment for nationwide baby-related publications and is an Expert Speaker for Mumsnet and The Baby Show.
Life with a newborn can be fairly dull and it's OK to admit it! Yes, it's completely life-affirming, amazing and… oooh…. that smell and those snuggles can be totally addictive. BUT. It is also often overwhelmin...