Pinky McKay

International Board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

An International Board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), with a busy private practice in Melbourne, Australia, Pinky McKay is a best-selling author with four titles published by Penguin including Sleeping Like a Baby, 100 Ways to Calm the Crying, Toddler Tactics and Parenting By Heart. The Australian Breastfeeding Association, La Leche League International and The Australian Association of Infant Mental Health endorse her books and they are available as audiobooks . She also has ebooks ‘Breastfeeding Simply’ and ‘Weaning With Love’ .

Pinky is a frequent guest on major TV shows and has appeared on the Today Show, The Project, Sunday Sunrise, Insight, A Current Affair and Today Tonight. She is a sought after guest and keynote speaker at seminars for Health professionals, and parents in Australia and internationally – most recently in the US. Pinky writes for a number of publications internationally – she is a columnist for Essential Baby website, and has been published in Huff Post Parents and The Daily Mail. She has also done a popular TEDx talk ‘Surrender is Not a Dirty Word.’

Surrender is not a dirty word | Pinky McKay | TEDxDocklands

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

In a world where common sense isn’t so common, Pinky McKay provides real-world, no-nonsense, parenting support and approaches with a blend of humour, sharp wit and wisdom not found anywhere else. She specializes in gentle parenting styles that honour mothers’ natural instincts to respond to their babies and empower a positive response from infants and toddlers. She says, “Babies and toddlers are people too and they deserve empathy and respect, not ‘training’ through techniques such as rigid routines, controlled crying or spanking. This allows children to respond positively to their environment and to develop appropriate boundaries through mutual respect and strong family relationships.” Her real world experience stems from being the mother of five and ‘hands on’ grandmother of three littlies.

Pinky, along with her daughter Sarah, is the creator of Pinky’s Boobie Bikkies – all natural and organic cookies made with lactogenic ingredients to support a healthy breastmilk supply.

Pinky’s reach extends worldwide with support for parents via teleseminars and webcasts to provide tips on gentle, responsive baby care and her popular Facebook and Instagram pages.

Pinky’s books, resources and her free newsletter ‘Gentle Beginnings’ are available through her website

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