Kelsey Coates- Poole

Community-Based Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Kelsey Poole is a dedicated Breastfeeding Peer Counselor at the Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association. With a robust background, Kelsey served in the US Army National Guard for 7 years as a communications specialist, a role that instilled in her a strong sense of accountability and integrity. She brings 8 years of clinical healthcare experience, working with diverse populations across various stages of life.

Kelsey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science from Howard University and is CDR eligible. During her undergraduate studies, she conducted research focused on maternal and infant health, particularly in the areas of gestational diabetes and macrosomia (high infant birth weight). Her passion lies in addressing racial disparities within the Black community, especially concerning maternal and infant health.

Beyond her professional achievements, Kelsey is also a mother who has successfully breastfed for over a year and a dedicated wife. Her commitment to her community is evident through her volunteer work at food banks such as Forgotten Harvest and Gleaners. Looking ahead, she aspires to become a Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Her mission is to empower and inspire Black families to introduce breast milk as the first food for their infants.