Lyndsey Hookway

Lyndsey is an experienced paediatric nurse, children’s public health nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Holistic Sleep Coach and birth trauma recovery practitioner. She has worked in hospitals, clinics, the community and within clients’ homes for 20 years, serving within the UK NHS, in private practice and voluntarily.

Lyndsey is currently a PhD candidate at Swansea University, aiming to explore the needs and challenges of breastfed seriously unwell infants and children, as well as their families, and the health professionals serving them.

The co-founder and clinical director of the Holistic Sleep Coaching program, Lyndsey regularly teaches internationally, as well as providing mentorship for newer sleep coaches and aspiring IBCLCs. She is passionate about responsive feeding, gentle parenting and promoting parental confidence and well-being.

One of her specialist interests is supporting families of very sick children who are breastfed, and in 2019 she set up the Breastfeeding the Brave project – a collaborative project of parents seeing to raise awareness of the unique breastfeeding needs of seriously, critically, and terminally ill children. A mother of a childhood cancer survivor, she often talks about the impact of chronic serious illness on families, and seeks to support other families living through a serious childhood illness.

Lyndsey is a respected international speaker and teacher, as well as a published author, and she regularly speaks out against the dominant sleep training culture, as well as advocating for the rights of families to receive high-quality, compassionate and expert lactation and respectful, responsive parenting support.

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