Milk Magic Educators: Sterling

This is part of a series we are doing to highlight our inspirational Milk Magic Educators. To learn more about the program including about how to sign up, visit Next up: Sterling!

How did you hear about the Milk Magic Educator Program? What made you want to join the community?          

I first heard about the Milk Magic Educator Program after Emily reached out to me about my Educational Breastfeeding Coloring Book. I loved what she was offering and felt like it was right up my alley.

What is your background in human milk education, if any?

I have been a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist since 2016.

Describe the community you serve and the community you belong to. 

I service all of the Metro Atlanta Area. I am a Black woman and most of my clients are black or brown.

Why are you passionate about human milk feeding equity?

When I had my first child I was 21. I was the first one in my family to breastfeed. Through that I saw that there were many women in similar positions. I became the person all of my friends called asking about breastfeeding. I knew that there were things that needed to be addressed. I often tell my clients I aim to provide them with the support and education I wish I had received as a first time mom.

What has been the best part of the program? 

I love the materials!!

How has the pandemic affected your work? How have you adapted?

In the beginning of the pandemic there were many women afraid that formula would run out at the stores and they would be unable to buy it. I got lots of women curious about relactation or last minute breastfeeding classes. Also with the birth climate in hospitals, many women opted for home births. They wanted to receive the same or better breastfeeding help in those early stages but from home.