Clinical Nutrition and Lactation

Clinical Nutrition & Lactation staff are experts in nutrition and lactation care. We serve as active members in the inter-disciplinary team of health care professionals. This collaboration of consultation, assessment, and education facilitates and optimizes the nutrition, growth, and development of pediatric, adolescent, and select adult patients in our facility, community, and global efforts.

We strive to optimize the health care potential for our patients and families through nutrition and lactation expertise founded on evidence based practices to achieve the best possible outcome for each patient. We are recognized as experts for our involvement in patient care, research, education, quality improvement and patient safety.

Services We Offer

  • Inpatient Lactation Program
  • Babysitting classes
  • Healthy Lifestyles Weight Management Class
  • National Nutrition Month
  • Research
  • Student Mentoring
  • Perinatal Outreach
  • Quality Improvement


  • Medical Students/Residents
  • Perinatal Outreach
  • Community Members
  • Healthcare Professionals  


Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Vanessa L. Shanks

Vanessa Shanks, MD, is a neonatologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Medical Director of Clinical Nutrition and Lactation.


Our outreach and support services include student mentoring and perinatal outreach.

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