2021 INA Virtual Summit – Speaker Introduction – Lyndsey Hookway

Meet Lyndsey Hookway!
2021 INA Virtual Summit NCS Speaker

Lyndsey is an experienced London-trained Paediatric Nurse, Health Visitor, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Holistic Sleep Coach and Birth Trauma Recovery Practitioner, with almost 20 years experience working with infants, children and families in hospitals, clinics, and the community. Lyndsey runs a busy International private practice offering one-to-one specialist support to families. She especially enjoys supporting families by bringing together infant feeding support, mental health and sleep optimization. Lyndsey is the author of Holistic Sleep Coaching, Let’s Talk about Your New Family’s Sleep, and Still Awake – responsive sleep tools for toddlers to tweens (due for publication in June) and the co-founder of the Holistic Sleep Coaching Program – an international online program aiming to educate health, lactation, childcare and sleep professionals about the importance of evidence-based, gentle care of babies and children. Lyndsey is passionate about evidence-based education and is a respected speaker and mentor.

She is currently working on her PhD, and is involved with many organisations aiming to promote, protect and support gentle parenting and breastfeeding. She lives in rural Devon with her husband, two children, dogs and chickens.


Lyndsey will be teaching the following sessions at the 2021 INA Virtual Summit:

The Sleep Gene: The Role of Epigenetics in Sleep
This presentation provides a detailed overview of the genetic and epigenetic influences on sleep. Some characteristics are genetically acquired, whereas others are caused by modifications to the epigenome. Many early parenting practices have a profound impact on the expression of genes relating to the stress response, infant behaviour and sleep. Understanding the potential impact of certain parental interventions – for good or bad- is vitally important for child, lactation and healthcare professionals working with families.

BONUS SESSION: Breastfeeding the Brave: Stories and Solutions
Breastfeeding is the biologically normal way to feed infants and children up to the age of two years and beyond. Children who have a congenital anomaly, disability, acute or chronic illness have lower levels of breastfeeding duration and exclusivity. This is partly due to failings in policy provision, training, and a low value placed on breastfeeding medically complex children. However, there are also practical and logistical problems to consider, as well as problems inherent with the child’s condition or stability. This presentation explores some of the systemic barriers to achieving breastfeeding goals, and examines current theory as to how this applies to several specific conditions. Several cases are reviewed and stories of how families have overcome barriers, as well as how meaningful breastfeeding is in the context of serious illness are discussed.


Want to learn from Lyndsey directly in one of these great sessions? Join us on March 13, 2021, for the INA Virtual Summit.
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