Katie Jones is mum to Savannah two and is the founder of Boobbix lactation cookies.
Some days I struggle to get myself and my toddler dressed and out the house on time. So what about the mums seemingly ‘doing it all’? Is it really as effortless as they make it look. Is it possible to run your own business, be a mum and feel like you’re doing a good job of both? Are you eternally shattered?
I sit down with Katie to find out how she does it and what she learnt from being raised by a single mum…
“I was inspired to start Boobbix because I wanted to help other mums feel more confident about their milk supply. I made them for me because I was struggling with pumping enough milk to have help with feeding my daughter, and when they worked I figured it was a great way of doing something I felt passionate about and being able to stay at home with my daughter for longer.
I juggle being a mum to Savannah, 2, and running my own business by trying to get as much done when she’s asleep as possible. I am guilty of putting Peppa on and putting her in front of it to try and get some work done and walking around with my phone in one hand, but normally I stay up late and get all my emails answered. We also have the world’s best childminder who has her for two days, and is like Savannah’s third parent, and my mum who has her for one day, and these are big cramming and baking days.
Since started Boobbix I have learnt that I’m not the only mum who struggles. It’s endemic amongst anyone with a child! I’ve learnt that every mum has those moments where they just hold their hands up and admit defeat! Speaking to so many of my friends, and mums I have met through Boobbix, I have realised how you can never be fully prepared for being a mum, but that you don’t need to struggle alone! There are so many other mums that are going through the same stuff and can empathise and help you get through it. I’ve also learnt how determined you have to be get anything done; whether that’s starting a business or getting a toddler dressed.
I’ve recently started studying again after getting my degree three years ago. I am training to be a lactation consultant and then a midwife, because babies and boobs are pretty much my life! I figured I didn’t have enough going on and would just pile some excess onto my life. I already have a degree that I don’t use, and probably won’t ever use, but now I’m really enjoying learning for the first time ever and am so looking forward to helping mums who struggle with breastfeeding.
An average day for me is cleaning the house and watching Savannah trash it as soon as I put the hoover away. I try to get my house stuff done in the morning, then wrestle with Savannah to get her dressed and ready so we can go to the park and get breakfast. Then I bake for a few hours, study for a few more, and then admin work for another couple. Then dinner and washing, and in between drawing and lego.
Since starting Boobbix I’ve had to sacrifice all of my free time! I used to love sitting in my trackies and watching the Kardashians with tea and chocolate whenever I got the chance, but now I sit replying to the mountain of emails, printing orders, doing the social stuff, and don’t even seem to switch off when me and my husband get a rare night out or holiday.
The thing I am most proud of is my daughter because she is the most confident and amazing little thing, and I made her! Every day she gets a bit cheekier and more knowing, and astounds me with the things she does and says. Her inquisitive nature and balls out attitude is the total opposite to me, and I think it’s great that she is so ready for an adventure every day, and so willing to learn new things whenever she can.
I think single parents are amazing because I am frazzled doing this with a husband! I can’t imagine doing this on my own, and how hard it must to raise small people and not have the back up to let you have some time to yourself, or help dealing with the good cop bad cop when there’s a tantrum. You take things for granted as part of a couple parenting, but there are times when you’re on own for a day or so, and realise how challenging it must be doing that all the time, especially when you are not “co-parenting”. My mum was a single parent, and along with my nan, raised my brother when my dad was too abusive, drunk and absent to do it. I saw the many sacrifices she made for us, the long hours she worked in two or three simultaneous jobs, and we have both grown up to appreciate the amazing power of parenting and how we were made better by it.”
Boobbix award-winning breastfeeding cookies help to increase and support milk supplies naturally. Made with the finest quality, and mostly organic ingredients, they contain foods and herbs that have been used through history and around the world to boost breast milk. They are a tastier and more convenient way of doing it, and great for those who pump or just need a boost for feeding. Eating one or two cookies a day, most of our mums see and feel a difference in just a couple of days!