Last month I shared my current goals. One of those goals was to become a babywearing educator. Working as a Brand Ambassador with Ergobaby truly propelled me to become a babywearing educator. I was already familiar with SSC (soft structured carriers) like Ergobaby but also wanted the opportunity to share other options with parents like wraps, ring slings and much more. With that said I began searching for a course or program to become a certified babywearing educator. I came across The Center for Babywearing Studies (CBWS) after being referred from the best educators in the business.
It’s been awhile since I shared by personal dreams and goals with you guys. This year has been full of growth, change, challenge and reflection. I’ve grown so much as a mother and wife but more than anything as a WOMAN! My goals are clearer than ever. I am more inspired, driven and committed to my personal growth than I ever would’ve imagined. You see… when you go through something devastating there’s that moment which you reflect and have an opportunity to change or accept. I’ve never been much of an accepter so my reflection was driven on CHANGE. How can I be a vessel of CHANGE? How can I INSPIRE WOMAN in my own community? How can HELP the community I’m most familiar with, the community of motherhood?
All those questions lead back to being a mother. I want to stay in my community of motherhood. This is where I flourish, where I am most comfortable, where I connect the most and feel I have the opportunity to help and grow within myself. This is when I came to the conclusion that I want to become a IBCLC. That means International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Not only did I breastfeed my babies longterm I felt a strong connection with mothers who both struggle with breastfeeding and those that do not have the knowledge or support to breastfeed. Of course I want to reach all mothers but I definitely will be staring with those within my own community.
Did you know, “For years it’s been shown that black women are less likely to initiate breastfeeding than other races. From 2000 to 2008, only 58.9 percent of black women initiated breastfeeding compared to the 75.2 percent of white women and 80 percent of Hispanics, according to the latest data from the CDC. As Black Breastfeeding Week notes on its site, there’s also some suggestion that increased breastfeeding could help lower infant mortality rates. This is why Brandy Sellers from Not So Private Parts and myself hosted the Black Breastfeeding Week event. It was to show that we are here! That we do matter! And that more needs to be done.
With all that said it brings me to my next goal. Concurrently while pursuing my IBCLC certification I will also be training to become a Certified Babywearing Expert. Much before working with Ergobaby I was in love with babywearing. I babywore all my kids and still wear Jameson. It has always been something close to my heart that I believe is so important for baby and mom in the early years. I am so excited to learn, grow and share all the knowledge I gain through this journey. I will keep you all updated here on the blog and also over on my Instagram with the hashtag #kellysnewjourney. Please send all your good vibes as this mama needs all the best wishes and I pursue my dreams.
GIVEAWAY time!!!!! It’s been a minute since I’ve done a giveaway here so I wanted to share some of my favorite brands with a huge giveaway that will last the next 7 days!! Yesterday we kicked off the Sincerely Mama @kellyamcknight #GIVEAWAY series with @magic_kingdom_mamas & @ergobaby at Disneyland with a “Where’s the Ergo” giveaway. Stay tuned by following along on my Instagram HERE to find out what today’s giveaway is and make sure you are following all brands mentioned, tagging friends you think would love the giveaway and reposting this picture to increase your chances of being picked!! Good luck!!! Make sure to hashtag #SincerelyMamaGiveaway
My position with Ergobaby currently requires me to travel occasionally for events. I absolutely love exploring new towns and cities, especially the ones I would never think to travel to before it became a work obligation. To date Ergo has sent me to Utah and Colorado. Both states had unbelievable food! You can read about my Utah experience here.
For my Colorado trip I had the pleasure of bringing my husband Jason with me . This was our first trip without the kids and although we missed them it was a nice break from our normal routine. In between my work schedule we had tons of fun doing simple things like going to the movies, going out for food and exploring downtown. Here are a few pictures of our visit.
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FACTS: “For years it’s been shown that black women are less likely to initiate breastfeeding than other races. From 2000 to 2008, only 58.9 percent of black women initiated breastfeeding compared to the 75.2 percent of white women and 80 percent of Hispanics, according to the latest data from the CDC. As Black Breastfeeding Week notes on its site, there’s also some suggestion that increased breastfeeding could help lower infant mortality rates.
“We noticed that as breastfeeding promotion increased, the face of it was still very white and every year we’re still having more research come out showing that there’s a disparity in support for breastfeeding for black women,” Sangodele-Ayoka said. The CDC suggested in 2013 that black moms may need more targeted and direct support so that they can not only initiate but also continue breastfeeding.”
Aren’t those statistics mind blowing? As an African American woman myself I never realized how privileged I was to have so much breastfeeding knowledge and support during my nursing years with the kids. I am proud to say that I successfully nursed 3 babies all close to the age of 2. I did it because I simply knew the importance and had tons of women around me encouraging and supporting my decision.
It’s been awhile since I’ve taken the time to share my current obsessions. I’ve mentioned before how hard it’s been to transition my makeup to non-toxic options. I’ve literally been on the hunt for 5 years. In the past I’ve found a few great options but non of which I’ve been fully committed to. Earlier this year I told myself I would start fresh and truly commit to “greening” out my beauty products. Seriously one of the hardest transitions in my non-toxic journey. Well… actually giving up candy has been one of the hardest. Anyhow let’s discuss my new obsessions.
Those who know me personally know my longtime struggles with trying to figure out WTF is wrong with my digestion. I’ve struggled with stomach issues for as long as I can remember. Usually it’s symptoms similar to that of a flu or food poisoning. This is usually brought on by anxiety. I’ve shared my struggles with anxiety here on the blog before.
Did those boobs get your attention? If so that’s exactly what we had in mind. We wanted to get your attention so that we can share some disturbing info along with why we think it’s important to have this event and more than anything share the importance of #blackbreastfeedingweek.
Did you know, according to the CDC “Black infants consistently had the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration across all study years. Black mothers may need more, targeted support to start and continue breastfeeding.”
I am so excited and honored to partner with these amazing women and brands who selflessly will be donating their time and wisdom to help bridge the gap between the black community and breastfeeding. If you are local and can come out I highly recommend you attend, learn, share, uplift, promote and encourage each other as women and more than anything as mothers. As mothers we have a community within itself. And when you become part of any community you have a duty to help those around you.
Being the CEO of a baby store keeps me knee deep in the baby industry. Not to mention as an influencer I get request to review and share “my love of” for certain brands, particularly new and upcoming brands. So to say I’ve tried ALL of the diaper brands currently on the market would be an understatement! I’ve never felt committed to one brand until recently. It’s even harder when you’re in search of the best diaper that’s also eco-friendly and safe! Parasol is the FIRST disposable diaper also known as disposable baby underwear on the market that I finally feel nailed it all! Let’s start with the unbelievably soft texture. So soft that after using these diapers I began to wonder how my child didn’t have chaffing from the other diapers on the market.