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As a Lactation Consultant, Health Visitor and Children’s Nurse, I’m able to help you with a wide range of issues or questions you may have. If your query isn’t mentioned here or on another page on this website, please do send me an email and I can let you know if I can help, or point you in the direction of someone else who can.

Bottle feeding

Finding impartial and non-judgemental information and support with bottle feeding can unfortunately sometimes be tricky! I will never judge you and am able to give you my expertise on any issue regarding bottle feeding. Issues my clients often discuss with me include:

? introducing a bottle to a breastfed baby
? making up bottles
? moving from bottle to cup
? types of milk
? feeding routines

**Note: I do not have any affiliation to any infant formula manufacturer and my practice will always abide by the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes**

Unsettled baby

When a baby is crying and unsettled it is likely to be caused by one or more of the following:

? A feeding management issue

? A sleep issue

? Colic

? Food intolerance or allergy

? The physical impact of labour and delivery

? Overstimulation

? Sensory processing disorder

? Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GORD)

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? Illness

? Other

By taking a thorough history we can establish what the most likely cause (or causes) are for your baby’s current state and formulate a clear plan for you to take forward. This may include feeding advice, establishing gentle routines, colic calming strategies and general settling techniques (including baby massage), information on reflux and allergy and signposting to other health services, to name a few.

**Note: This is not an emergency medical service. If you are concerned that your baby is acutely unwell please seek the advice of a medical doctor.**

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Establishing gentle routines

Every baby and family unit is unique and dynamic. Whether you are a first-time parent, have a new baby joining your existing family, or have any other change affecting your daily family life, I can help you to gently bring some calm amid the chaos!

For many reasons, I do not believe we should be imposing strict schedules. However, on countless occasions, I have seen the many benefits to both the baby and subsequently the wider family of gradually developing a rhythm or ‘flow’ to the day. Often this will happen naturally but sometimes, for a number of reasons, it can help to be guided. My advice will always embrace the the ever-changing emotional, physical and cognitive developmental needs of your child and will never include leaving your baby or child to cry.

Self-Care

Who’s life jacket are we told to put on first in an emergency? Our own! Nurturing yourself is absolutely key to navigating new parenthood with confidence, energy and retaining ones sense of self.

It can be helpful to talk to someone, who is free of agenda or judgement, to lighten the load of worry that often accompanies us as new parents. Tears are welcome. Sometimes we all just need a good cry to help us get greater clarity on how to best move forward. However, feelings of sadness and anxiety can run deeper and I can help you identify how and why you may be feeling the way you do, give you ideas for self-care at home and point you in the best direction for further support where necessary.

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Challenging behaviour in under fives

Parenting is unquestionably hard and because children have entirely different brain structures to adults, they will think, act and respond in often bewildering ways!!

Through communication, connection and co-operation it is possible to set appropriate and effective limits and boundaries – teaching our children to control themselves first, rather than us trying to control them all the time.

During a consultation we can explore why your child may be behaving the way he or she is and discuss effective and tangible tools to minimise (and even prevent) their challenging behaviours in future. Not only can you work towards having calmer and more content children, you also deserve to revitalise your energy and enjoy parenting the way you want to!

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Not only can you work towards having calmer and more content children, you also deserve to revitalise your energy and enjoy parenting the way you want to!

Wherever you are and whatever it is, Vanessa can be with you:

For further details on options for booking a consultation either face-to-face, online or on the phone, please view the bookings page.