Pinky McKay


“National Premmie Foundations Sleep Expert”

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Pinky McKay is a Melbourne based writer and editor specialising in health, education and family issues.

Pinky is the author of ‘Sleeping Like a baby‘ (Penguin 2006), Parenting By Heart’ (Lothian 2001), ‘100 Ways to Calm the Crying’ (Lothian 2002) and ‘How do we Tell the Kids?’(Prentice Hall 1995).

A popular guest on television shows such as ‘ A Current Affair’, ‘The Today Show’, Kerri-Ann and Nine am with Kim and David, Pinky also writes two monthly columns for Practical Parenting Magazine – ‘Family Matters ‘ and answers to parents questions about infant feeding. She is the editor of First Steps (the GymbaROO magazine) and contributes to various national publications and websites including The Nappy Bag Book, Natural Parenting Magazine, Nurture, and

Pinky has been working with parents for more than 25 years but has a diverse background of professional experience which includes advertising copywriting (she’s a graduate of The Copy School, Melbourne), media consulting in the area of Crisis Management, editing/ writing The Melbourne and Sydney Baby Planners (formerly The Baby Book), the best selling ‘Bargain Shoppers guide to Melbourne’ and ‘Choosing a School For Your Child’, as well as a guide to Postnatal Depression for health professionals. She has also worked as a PR consultant for the Vic Health Body Image and Eating Behaviours project in conjunction with the Anorexia and Bulimia foundation (1990s) and has written for The Age, Mother and Baby magazine, Coles Baby Magazine and Vogue Kids.

The mother of four adult ‘children’ and a now teenage ‘bonus baby’ (the baby you have when your other kids can run their own baths, tie their own shoelaces and even drive their own cars!), Pinky’s greatest delight at present is enjoying the precious chuckles and squeals of her first gorgeous grandchild.

Having experienced it all from both sides of the episiotomy, Pinky knows first hand how much parents need to laugh – or some days they’d cry. Her warmth and humour make her a popular guest speaker.