Lynley Nichols - Board Chairperson
Lynley is a Lactation Consultant working in the NICU and Starship Children`s Health at ADHB.
She is a Registered General Nurse with a background in Paediatrics and Neonatal Nursing. Lynley has a Post Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Nursing, a Postgraduate Certificate in the Care of the Chronically Ill Child and a Graduate Diploma in Child Health. She is a certified Board Lactation Consultant and has been so for 13 years.
Lynley has held her current position for 12 years. Prior to that, she worked in Neonatal Home care at NICU Starship Children`s Health and Neonatal Homecare and Paediatric Homecare at Counties Manukau.
Lynley is passionate about supporting women and families to nurture their babies in the neonatal units and to support those mums and babies to go home breastfeeding. She feels very strongly about the Neo BFHI Initiative and would like to work with the NZBA to support this initiative throughout New Zealand. She has a very strong focus on maternal infant attachment and supporting mothers and babies to stay together in Neonatal units. She supports the emergence of transitional care units for late pre-term infants.
Lynley provides feeding education for all staff in the neonatal unit and is passionate about staff education and staff being empowered to support the mothers and babies they care for in achieving their feeding goals. She would like to provide staff education throughout the country through the NZBA and have online resources for staff and family to access.