Dawn Whitten

Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist
Lactation Consultant (International Board Certified)
Dr. Jason Hawrelak GIT Fellowship Program Senior Associate


Dawn loves working with women through conception, pregnancy and beyond; and in the area of infant and toddler health. She finds that her Lactation Consultant training and her Naturopathic training and experience combine well to serve parents through these life chapters.

Dawn works with people using a practical approach and by adapting treatment to individual needs. She appreciates the profound impact that food and lifestyle medicine can have, and finds it a privilege to work with people to bring these changes into their lives. 


Dawn draws on herbal medicine and nutritional supplements as aids for restoring balance and she seeks to uncover and address the underlying factors that challenge health, rather than just addressing the symptoms that present.


Dawn has a broad base of clinical experience and has been in practice since 2002. She also enjoys working in the area of thyroid health, women’s reproductory health, and infant and toddler gastrointestinal issues and allergy.


Dawn regularly publishes papers in peer-reviewed literature and presents at international conferences and local events for health professionals. Recent topic areas she has presented include: Breastfeeding; Gastrointestinal Disturbances in Infants; Pregnancy Nutrition; Treating Allergies in Children; and Introducing Solids for the Prevention of Allergies. Dawn was invited to contribute two webinars to the International Better Baby Summit in 2014 - Breastfeeding - Finding Your Way and Pacing Introduction of Solids for Health.


Dawn has also worked as a research assistant for Southern Cross University in the field of herb safety in pregnancy and breastfeeding and completed Lactation Consultant training in 2013.


After completing her Bachelor degree in 2002, Dawn went on to obtain First Class Honours for the clinical research she undertook in the area of Herb-Drug interactions. She has published in this area and looked more deeply into Herb-Drug interactions pertinent to cardiovascular medicine.


Dawn was recently awarded a prestigious Fellowship by the National Herbalist Association of Australia for her contribution to the field of herbal medicine in Australia.


Dawn is blessed to have three daughters spanning from 8yrs to 27yrs and she finds they continue to teach her a lot! She enjoys taking them on cycling adventures, as well as backyard garden foraging quests.

Areas of experience:


Women’s health


Fertility and Pregnancy care


Breastfeeding help (e.g., supply concerns; mastitis)


Babies and toddlers


Toddler nutrition


Eczema (infant and child)


Digestive upsets in infants and toddlers


Allergies in children (prevention and treatment)


Thyroid health

Recent Podcasts:


Whitten Dawn, The Infant Microbiome. Love and Guts. 2020



Whitten Dawn, Breastmilk & The Breastmilk Microbiome. Love and Guts. 2018



Whitten Dawn, When to Introduce Solid Foods & Building a Robust Baby. Love and Guts. 2019



Whitten Dawn. EpO16 – The Breastmilk Microbiome. Annie Breen Nutritional Therapist Podcasts 2019




Blog Posts:

Whitten D (April 2019) Probiotic Supplements and The Breastfeeding Infant – Why Not [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://www.probioticadvisor.com/probiotic-supplements-and-the-breastfeeding-infant-why-not/#.XWx7ZEdS

Recent Academic Presentations:

​The Infant Microbiome Australian College of Nutrition and Environmental Medicine (Sydney, 2019)

Unpacking Infant Colic and GORD Australian College of Nutrition and Environmental Medicine (Sydney, 2019)


The Breastmilk Microbiome and Glycobiome NHAA11th International Conference (Melbourne, 2019)

Herbal Galactagogues New Zealand Association Medical Herbalists Conference (Christchurch, 2019)

Infantile Colic and GORD Gastrointestinal Masterclass II revised, Health Masters Live (2019)

The Infant Microbiome Microbiome Masterclass, Health Masters Live (2019)


The Fourth Trimester. Pregnancy Masterclass Health Masters Live (Nov 2018)


Blood in the stool of a thriving breastfed infant Australian Naturopathic Summit, (Aug 2018)

Breastmilk Microbiome and Glycobiome MINDD Forum (May 2018)


​​Breastfeeding 3 Part Short Course for Naturopaths. Health Masters Live (Nov 2017)


The Breastmilk Microbiome and Glycobiome. Health Masters Live (June 2017)


The Unsoothable Infant – GORD an Unhelpful Diagnosis 10th International Conference on Herbal Medicine (Brisbane, March 2017)


Treating Through the Mother - Prescription Considerations for Young Infants 10th International Conference on Herbal Medicine (Brisbane, March 2017)

Infantile Colic and GORD. Gastrointestinal Masterclass II, Health Masters Live (December 2015)


Breastfeeding: Finding Your Way. Building Better Babies Summit (December 2014) http://buildingbetterbabies.com/


Pacing Solids For Health. Building Better Babies Summit (December 2014) http://buildingbetterbabies.com/


Allergy. Natural Paediatrics Masterclass Series, Health Masters Live (May 2014)


Lactational Mastitis. 8th International Conference on Herbal Medicine (Melbourne, April 2013)


Galactagogues. 7th International Conference on Herbal Medicine (Gold Coast, July 2010)



Some of Dawn Whitten’s Publications:

Whitten D, Chapter 14 Breastfeeding, Advanced Clinical Naturopathic
, Ed Leah Hechtmann, Elsevier Sydney, 2020.

McIntosh T, Whitten D, Padarin H. Chapter 15 Infancy, Advanced Clinical Naturopathic Medicine, Leah Hechtmann (ed). Elsevier Sydney, 2020.

Hawrelak J, Wohlmuth H, Pattison M, Myers S, Goldenburg J, Harnett J, Cooley K, Van De Venter C, Reid R. and Whitten D. Western herbal medicines in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2020;48

Whitten D. and Hawrelak J. Are maternally administered probiotic strains transferred to breastmilk: a systematic review of Human Studies. Advances in Integrative Medicine, 2019;6,S85.

Whitten D. and Hawrelak J. Are maternally administered probiotic strains transferred to breast milk: A systematic review of human studies. Abstracts from the 19th International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation Conference. Breastfeeding Medicine, 2018;13(7)

Avila C, Whitten D and Evans S. The Safety of St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) in pregnancy and lactation: A systematic review of rodent studies. Phytotherapy Research, 2018;32(8):1488-1500

Walton R, Whitten DL, Hawrelak JA. The efficacy of Hibiscus sabdariffa (rosella) in essential hypertension: A systematic review of clinical trials. Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine. 2016;28(2)48-51.

Whitten, D. A precious opportunity: Supporting women with concerns about their breastmilk supply [online]. Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2013: 112-126. http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=605350526251277;res=IELHEA


Dwyer A, Whitten DL, Hawrelak JA. Herbal medicines, other than St John’s wort, in the treatment of mild-to-moderate depression: A systematic review. Alternative Medicine Review. 2011;16:40-49.


Whitten DL, Myers SP, Hawrelak JA, Wohlmuth H. The effect of St John’s wort extracts on CYP3A: a systematic review of prospective clinical trials. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 2006;62:512-526.



Hawrelak JA, Whitten DL, Myers SP. Is Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG effective in preventing the onset of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea: a systematic review. Digestion. 2005; 72:51-56.


Whitten, D and Gooden, JS. Cardiovascular drugs: a guide for naturopaths [online]. Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2002: 40-51, 53-5.  http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=408385498870124;res=IELHEA