Let Lulu: Serving Up Love & Support
*Not Sponsored* I’ve been a customer of Let Lulu and wanted to write about it. Owner Kate Ritchie generously offered to let me try some meals (which were delicious!) but that did not affect this story or my opinion.
What would it mean to you had a week’s worth of dinners? Imagine what you could do with all that free time?
Deciding what to make. Grocery shopping. Cooking.
I know what I would do. (Among other things) spend time chasing my daughter around the living room for cuddles.
Let Lulu, born out of a desire to support new Mums, offers the gift of precious family time with it’s gourmet meal delivery service but there is much more to this company than food.
And that’s the thing, having your meals sorted on a normal week is a treat but having them when you’re going through hard times- priceless.
Support for New Mums
Owner and mastermind Kate Ritchie recalls the slew of gifts she received when her children were born. She and her husband were grateful, of course, but they couldn’t eat the flowers.
“It’s not just about delivering meals it’s about encouraging a cultural shift. I want people to think differently about practical support,” says Ritchie.
The early days of parenting are shell-shocking. Friends and family are well-meaning but often directionless in how to help in practical ways. I remember being a new Mum and not even knowing how to articulate what I needed.
Children should not be raised in isolation and mothers are not made in isolation.
Maybe if as a society we could do better…if we could give the gift of loving support…Ritchie thought to herself, “What better way to do that than with food?”
“Feeding someone is love- the ultimate act of nurturing,” says Ritchie.
Ritchie, like many of us, had a difficult time adjusting to life with a newborn. She had a traumatic labour and struggled to recover while caring for her baby girl. Ritchie says being a Mum is the most profound thing she’s done with her life and hates to think about how new mothers struggle. Kate wanted to create a way to not only help new Mothers but to give them the space need to actually enjoy that fleeting time in their child’s life.
Simple chores seem overwhelming when you are sleep deprived but there are other challenging transitions in life where this service could be the perfect act of care: illnesses, deaths, moves, financial trouble.
“If you don’t help someone in your life at the really critical times then nothing else you do well for them really matters,” says Ritchie.
Kate’s passion is infectious and her heart is huge. I spent a good portion of my interview yapping away when I should have been listening. Kate thinks deeply and proactively about life, women, motherhood and positive change. She genuinely wants to make the world a better place and does so through her writing and through her start-up, Let Lulu.
She says the difference between her company and others out there is that it was born of compassion and kindness. Let Lulu is passionate about creating cultural change in the way people are treated during important transitions in their lives. They regularly donate to charities that align with their mission including Panda, Unicef, and the Royal Children’s hospital.
My experience with Let Lulu
A friend recommended Let Lulu and before I knew Kate, I bought meals for a friend who had returned to work from maternity leave. My friend, trying to be Supermum, caught day-care germs and had to be hospitilised.
Kate’s compassion for my friend and her exceptional service felt heart warming. So much so that we connected online and have since gotten to know one another in person- something I value.
I wrote this piece not as a plug for Kate’s business but as an acknowledgment that we can, and should, do a better job of helping new Mothers. People are out there working for a change. People like Kate (and Lulu) are making it happen.
BTW Lulu is a fictional character Kate created, a sassy, warm, retro gal who has time to cook up a storm for the people she loves.
What a simple way to help replace ‘the village’ we mothers lost in the last century.
Let Lulu offers a solution to a greater cultural issue….postnatal depression is on the rise according to many studies. Perhaps it’s getting diagnosed more as more women speak out, or perhaps it’s increasing proportionally along with our isolation. Either way, the stats are telling us we need to do something about it. Here is something.
*A week’s worth of love (6 meals) will set you back $145 AUD and I bet you would spend more than that on groceries if you were to make them yourself.