We now know that the nutrition that children receive in the first days of life can have an impact on their long term health, including disease risk, as well as influence their food preferences and feeding behaviours later on in life. For Charlotte infant nutrition is of vital importance because at present there is insufficient support for families, especially for parents with a first child. Topics such as breastfeeding, introducing solid foods, nutritional needs of babies and recommended vitamin supplements are all areas of baby nutrition that mothers need to know about – but it’s hard to find access to reliable, qualified information.
Charlotte trained in infant nutrition when working for the NHS in the first part of her career. This work involved running baby clinics alongside health visitors; delivering training on infant nutrition to health care professionals, as well as leading workshops and one to one sessions for mums.
Charlotte still works with mothers on a one-to-one private basis, but she also regularly speaks on the topic of infant nutrition at a local and national level. Charlotte also works as a specialist in infant nutrition providing consultation to journalists, researchers, food companies and members of the public. Previous work in this area has involved working with Food Brands such as Arla, Think Tanks such as DEMOS and speaking at conferences such as Food Matters Live about the topic.
Charlotte regularly writes about infant nutrition for other organisations, as well as for her own nutrition blog. This has included topics such as “Perfect finger foods for baby”; “Help, I’m introducing solid foods” and “Giving up baby’s bottle”.