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Graduate Stories: Austin Rees

Graduate Stories: Austin Rees


When and Where did you take CBWS trainings? 

Oct 2013 Foundations in Bethesda, MD and Oct 2015 Progressions in Baltimore, MD

Business name:

I'm the owner of Breast+Skin+Sling and co-founder of Sacred Milk  

What kind of work do you do?

  • Through Breast+Skin+Sling I prepare mothers, prenatally, with the foundations of Breastfeeding, Skin-to-Skin and Babywearing through the following options:
  • Private, customized in-person, or virtual prenatal consults
  • A four week Breast+Skin+Sling class series
  • A dynamic weekend Sacred Pregnancy + Sacred Milk retreat Through Sacred Milk. My partner, Sara Goff, and I create programs that inspire instinctual wisdom for mothers as they embark on their Milk Journey. We also share the Sacred Milk program with Sacred Pregnancy Instructors and Sacred Doulas at live retreats.


What makes your job or your business unique? 

I combine my background as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with Babywearing. I uniquely offer cutting edge information, along with in-person sisterhood, creative expression, and honoring within the classes/retreats I facilitate. Mothers gain the information on how to initiate their Milk journey, but also gain a circle of local support made up of peers and professionals. With this knowledge I have witnessed mothers step into motherhood trusting their bodies, their babies, and their Milk. Through classes or consultations mothers discover their innate instincts and wisdom so they enter their unique Milk relationship secure, confident, supported, and connected to their baby.


What does a "day in the life of" look like for you? What's a "good" day of work?

In my businesses I typically spend each day responding to emails in reference to an upcoming retreat or I communicate with businesses from whom we purchase products for our gift bags. I scan for articles to share on our social media or work on a Milk Monday post by searching for the perfect photo to complement the clip of information we have written for Sacred Milk. When I have a prenatal consultation I pack in the morning, making sure I add in my kit at least two of each type of carrier and two demo dolls. I review the pre-consultation form the client has completed beforehand and make sure I bring books and handouts to meet their needs. Then I pack up their unique client gift. Examples of gifts I have shared in the past were a pair of BabyLegs, a sculpture that represents motherhood and the Sacred Pregnancy or Sacred Motherhood book. When I arrive at someone's home I set up the space for the consultation and "catch up" with the client. I begin with teaching them how milk works and the impact birth and postpartum procedures have on milk. We move into skin-to-skin contact and the expectations of a newborn. Together we begin to create a core support team full of local peers and professionals. We end the consultation with a babywearing demonstration and practice. I enjoy meeting couples or families in their home because the space represents them. I am invited into their sacred space and share tools they can use in their space. We discuss where Mom will spend most of her day when baby is born and adapt that area to meet her needs. Many mothers have appointments late in pregnancy outside of the home so this is an opportunity for them to not have to leave their house but still meet their needs and prepare for their milk and babywearing journey.


How did the CBWS training(s) play a role in your day-to-day work? 

I learned more than just a set of technical skills in my CBWS trainings. Not only did we become proficient on carriers and carrying techniques, CBWS taught communication comprehension, which included positive and neutral language. We practiced how to empty ourselves and remove our convictions and meet clients where they are in the moment. These courses gave me the tools to create an individual outline for me. I can take each lesson and adapt it to be the most beneficial for my client.


Any thoughts/input you want to share about how you balance your "work life" with your "real life"?

I am a mother to four children ages 13, 11, 9, and 3. When I first started Sacred Milk I was homeschooling my older children. My Sacred Milk business partner is a homeschooling mother to six children and lives in another state. Together we must balance creating our program along with meeting the needs of 10 children. I created Breast+Skin+Sling after I moved to Baltimore, MD. Living in a new city and starting a new business presented challenges. Thank goodness I met a magnificent massage therapist in the area at a Sacred Pregnancy retreat earlier in the year. She introduced me to a tightly-knit and supportive birth community. I began to attend Birth Circles, and created a mastermind group of different professionals in the birth community. We met monthly for peer support, accountability, and business brainstorming.  


What is one piece of advice you wish you could share with your "pre-CBWS" self? 

When I registered for the Foundations course my husband was in the middle of retiring from the Army and interviewing for a new career. The government shutdown was looming and we had no extra funds. I was also in my third trimester of pregnancy and was feeling poorly. I reached out to everyone I knew to help support me financially to attend. Months later I was able to repay them. I was determined to take advantage of this course that was only about an hour away. I was stressed about finding the funds for the course along with feeling crummy due to my pregnancy. Thankfully, it worked out! Through this course I created some fabulous friendships and people I can network with in Virginia and Maryland.  

Connect with Austin on Social Media

Facebook Breast Skin Sling ❤︎ Instagram Breast Skin Sling ❤︎ Facebook Sacred Milk ❤︎ Instagram Sacred Milk 

5 Reasons why you should hire a Babywearing Educator

5 Reasons why you should hire a Babywearing Educator


1. Personalized instructions tailored to your needs

Buying a carrier is a such a personal choice. Why shouldn't you learn in a way that's unique to you? Hiring a babywearing educator ensures that you'll receive one on one instructions catered to you and your choice of carrier. You'll learn how to use the carrier at your own pace, gaining confidence in the process.

2. Hands on help

Having hands on help means having someone to guide you every step of the way. You'll learn to use your baby carrier correctly by watching and doing. You'll also be lucky enough to learn through correction which only a personalized visit can offer you.

3. Build confidence

With guided help you'll learn to make your carrier work for you. There will be no need to second guess yourself because you've been properly educated from the start. You can begin to wear your baby immediately, confidently and securely. 

4. Increase skills

As your confidence builds you'll soon realize that you're learning an entirely new set of parenting skills. Having this knowledge is exciting and empowering!

5. Learn in the comfort of your home

There's no need to fix your hair or hide your tired eyes! You're a new parent with lots on your plate so let the babywearing educator come to you! Hiring a babywearing consultant to come to your home and help you out is an irregular comfort in the early weeks of new parenthood. So stay home and keep those PJs on!


So now you know some of the reasons why you should hire a babywearing educator but you might be wondering how to go about doing that. Luckily, you're in the right place. Please visit our Consultant Finder to find an educator in your neck of the woods.

If you have any questions or you need some more help, send us an email at:

Miami style; rainbows, trees, and training

I made it to the last leg of the trip.  The Miami conversation started in March with the charming Amber of Rainbow Slings and then the Gathering Place offered to sponsor the training.  It was great to finally put faces to the voices! 

The palm trees were such a treat and even though it was dark I thought it was very pretty, so very south Florida.  I got the room all ready and even the boys, Willie and Henrick, were waiting for the training to begin. :-)

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The training was a blast, and the Gathering Place had a lot going on as well, so we really had to keep on our toes.  We moved around the space some and got to explore the whole house.  We had a good group for the training, very diverse, really adding to our overall learning experience.  I feel like we all made some great connections.

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No trip is complete without some local eats, we stopped at a few that were pretty good.  A local cafe and a dive...can't beat that! Lucky me, I had great company!

An extra picture of the palm trees, because well...they are so pretty.

This I just have to share: On my way to the grocery store I saw a tree that had grown into a fence and then was cut away.  No one untangled the tree from the fence you see.  It makes for an odd site and made me pause to wonder how it got that way!  The entire rest of the tree was gone and this is what is left to prove to the world it was there.

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Brooklyn Training

Join us for next Brooklyn training.  It's generously hosted by Soulshine Chiropractic Studio in Park Slope. 

Brooklyn's newest baby store!

There will be a new baby soon in Brooklyn...a retail store I mean. Baby/Mama will be in Bayridge and will cater to the needs of expecting and new parents.