Yvette Wensley, of The Breast Milk Bar, has a fan in client Kaylee Williams’ daughter Caitlyn.
Yvette Wensley, of The Breast Milk Bar, has a fan in client Kaylee Williams’ daughter Caitlyn. Lou O'Brien

Mothers enjoying bar with a difference

TRIBE. Village. Community.

They are just the words you want to hear when you are a new mum, perhaps with an often-absent husband, a frazzled sense of self and your nearest relatives thousands of kilometres away.

Moffat Beach lactation consultant and midwife Yvette Wensley has set up The Breast Milk Bar as a place for support, friendship and nurturing.

She is mum to Spencer, 7, Bridget, 9, and Ruby, 11, works casual maternity shifts at Sunshine Coast Private Hospital and consults in private practice.

"It's a breastfeeding networking group," she said of The Breast Milk Bar.

"It is a place to come, to share and to feed. I see it as a supportive nurturing environment where women can feel comfortable to express their feelings with a professional guidance as well.

"I set it up as I saw the need in the community for extended support for mothers.

"There are a lot of fathers working away on the Sunshine Coast with mothers being left trying to keep their heads above water.

"I wanted to create a supportive tribe around new mothers to get them through those hard times."

The group started online initially as a Facebook group, but has since branched out to include fortnightly morning tea meetings at Buderim's Goodlife Centre.

The meetings have a new topic each time, as well as group sharing and baby weighing. Guest speakers on the cards soon will cover topics such as nutrition and baby massage.

"It is for all mothers with a focus on breastfeeding and mixed feeding support, with my speciality being lactation," Yvette said.

"All mothers are welcome as I see it being a non-judgmental supportive group.

"I know its mother's choice to feed and the pressures society puts on mothers can be quite controversial.

"I am very open and supportive in guiding mothers to make their best decision for themselves and their babies.

"I do believe mothers do not need any more unnecessary guilt.

"Mothers should trust their instinct and make their own decision to either breast or bottle - a decision that feels right to them."

Yvette said she was focused now on strengthening The Breast Milk Bar community.

"I don't think there is anything like it on the Coast," she said.

"I would love to see The Breast Milk Bar being a place where all mothers will come to visit at any time in the first 12 months of the baby's life to have that ongoing support and to be nurtured and cared for.

"I would love to see five to six mothers every fortnight with a possibility of having The Breast Milk Bar weekly."



  • There will be times when your baby will not want to go to sleep, despite everything you try. When this happens, it often works to pick them up and try something else to calm them. Go for a walk, ask someone else for help or listen to some music.
  • Tip for the Milk Bar Dads: See the washing which needs to be done? take the initiative to do it, hang it out and bring it in. Doing only bits of household tasks can be more irritating to women than not doing any at all, especially if she always has to finish off tasks which are only partly done.
  • When you find time to cook in those first few weeks, make double quantities such as two home-made pizzas and freeze one for the family for later.

For more information, visit http://www.breastmilkbar.com.au and on Facebook.

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