Dr Amanda Jane Wagg

Deputy Head of School

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Health and wellbeing , Nursing and midwifery , Public health

Amanda’s area of expertise is community nursing, working within a district nursing team and in various leadership roles across the health visiting service since 2005, earning the accolade ‘Queens Nurse’.

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Amanda qualified as a nurse in 2003 and worked in the acute medical sector. She moved to pursue a career in community nursing and then completed an MSc in Public Health Nursing in 2004.

Amanda then worked as a health visitor and various roles within the health visiting service, and subsequently went on to become a lactation consultant. She founded a registered charity aimed at supporting lactation, that continues to support women today.

Research interests

  • Lactation support
  • Online support 
  • Human lactation
  • Health Visiting / School Nursing

Amanda completed her PhD in professional practice with psychological perspective at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2021. Her research focus is on online breastfeeding support. Amanda regularly publishes her research and discussion pieces around human lactation as detailed below, and is starting to explore the support provided to student nurses. 


  • Pre-registration Nursing courses
  • Holistic care of people with long term conditions
  • Lactation and infant feeding practices across Midwifery, Specialist Community Public Health nursing and Preregistration nurse courses.
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
  • Autonomous specialist practice and leadership in the community


  • MSc Public Health Nursing, Oxford Brookes University
  • BSc Adult Health Nursing, University of East Anglia
  • Registered Adult Nurse (RN), NMC
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, NMC
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
  • Community practitioner Nurse Prescriber (V100)
  • Queens Nurse

Selected recent publications

Martins, K., Wagg, A., Afonso, E. 2022 Supervision skills in pre-registration nursing through peer teaching: An evaluative survey. Heliyondoi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e11398

Wagg, A., Morgan, K., 2022. Online Virtual Nursing Placements: A case study on placement expansion. SAGE Open Nursing. doi: 10.1177/23779608221117392

Wagg, A., Hassett, A., Callanan, M., 2022. Exploring online social support groups, part 2. Clinical Lactation, 13(1). doi: 10.1891/CL.2021-0014

Wagg, A., Hassett, A., Callanan, M., 2022. “It’s more than milk, it’s mental health”: a case of online human milk sharing. International Breastfeeding Journal, 17(5). doi: 10.1186/s13006-021-00445-6

Wagg, A., Callanan, M., Hassett, A., 2021. Exploring Online Breastfeeding Support Groups, part 1 of 2: Finding a community of likeminded people helps a mother to reach her breastfeeding goals. Clinical Lactation, 12(4).

Wagg, A., Gray, L., 2021. The right to feed. Community Practitioner, July/Aug 2021, pp. 34-36.

Wagg, A., Draper-Jennings, N., 2020. Training and adapting in a new world. Community Practitioner, Sept/Oct 2020, pp. 24-25.

Wagg, A. J., Callanan, M. M., Hassett, A., 2019. Online social support group use by breastfeeding mothers: A content analysis. Heliyon, 5(3), e01245. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e01245

Wagg, A, J., Callanan, M. M., Hassett, A., 2018. The use of computer mediated communication in providing patient support: A review of the research literature. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 82, pp. 68-78. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.03.010

Wagg, A., 2013. Prescribing skin-to-skin contact and baby-wearing: interventions in Norfolk. Journal of Health Visiting, 1(4), pp. 218-220.

Wagg, A., 2010. Walking for wellbeing: Mobile Mums, helping to get mothers out and about in West Norfolk. Community Practitioner, 83, p. 5.