Helping new mums cope, with a little sweetness
NOOSA mother Renee Cook is something of a guru for new mums on the Sunshine Coast since the launch of her business Renee's Goodies in 2013.
After the birth of her second child, Renee began experimenting with different foods to boost the production of her breastmilk and found a massive untapped market for her products.
She has since garnered thousands of followers on social media, seeking her advice and support on all manner of mummy dilemmas.
"The business is growing quite big, I'm looking at taking on an assistant and kitchen hand," she said.
"Business is steady at the moment and I'm loving it. It's amazing just to be a small part of the journey for so many mums."
After helping so many mums to increase the flow of their breastmilk, Ms Cook is now tackling the stigma which many women face when breastfeeding in public.
Ms Cook said through her market stall and Facebook site, she had come across many women who had been made to feel uncomfortable while breastfeeding.
"A lot of mums go and hide in the car. It's just amazing, I never even thought of doing that," she said.
"Why should life stop and we go hide just because we have children? No mum should feel like that.
"There's nothing to be ashamed of, we're just fulfilling our babies' needs."
Ms Cook has organised a mummies' morning tea to boost the confidence of breastfeeding mothers.
She said she hopes to raise awareness of the issue, build a network of Coast mothers and prevent people from lashing out at breastfeeding mothers.
The event will be held at 10am on Wednesday at Gloria Jeans in Mooloolaba.
She encouraged all mothers to come along, whether they breastfeed or bottle feed their babies.
"At the end of the day it's just milk, whether it's from the breast or the bottle, we're all just trying to feed our child," she said.
Ms Cook will also hand out free samples of her lactation cookies on the day.
"They're made with all-organic ingredients but the main ingredients are brewers' yeast, oats and linseed which stimulate the lactation," she said.
"It may not work for everyone but I've only had about 10% of mums it hasn't worked for.
"A lot of mums have written to me amazed at how quickly it worked."
Visit www.reneesgoodies.com or like Renee's Cookies for Mummies & Lactation Goodies on Facebook.
DIY Naughty Balls
Try this recipe from www.reneesgoodies.com:
250g Milk Arrowroot biscuits
4 tbsp Milo
380g condensed milk
1-2 tbsp brewers' yeast
Desiccated coconut (for rolling)
Crush biscuits until fine or small crumbs.
Combined the Milo and brewers' yeast.
Mix in the condensed milk.
Roll into balls, then into the coconut then place in the fridge.