The Contented Company

“Contented Cow, Contented Calf…”

It's not the most glamorous phrase, is it? 

But it is one that I try to remember every day, ever since my wonderful mother-in-law said it to me when I was first pregnant. If I look after myself, and make sure I’m happy and OK, then my baby will be happy too. And after all, that’s all we really want isn’t it?

Happy babies.

I never meant to start a business.  Before I had kids, I worked full-time in Technology Marketing. But when I got pregnant, I didn’t get a choice – my role would no longer exist after I went on maternity leave.

As with any new mum, much of my time was spent feeding our baby.  During those times I wasn’t working my way through DVD box-sets , my mind would be whizzing, wondering….

When our now 9YO was 10 months old I went to a weekend entrepreneurship course at the Business School where my husband was doing his MBA.  One of the outputs of that course was a focus to create the cookbook.  I asked my food writer and chef friend, Jassy Davis, to co-author the book with me.  And at the end of 2011, when 9YO was two, we launched the book – The Contented Calf Cookbook: Nourishing Lactogenic Recipes for Breastfeeding Mums, the name inspired by my beautiful mother-in-law's wise words of wisdom.


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