Dairy-free baby food range launched in Whalley by ex Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil

Sarah Walker, founder of the Molly Moo range of dairy-free baby food.

Sarah Walker, founder of the Molly Moo range of dairy-free baby food.

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Former Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil Sarah Walker has launched the UK’s first ever frozen dairy-free baby food range – “Molly Moo” – in the hope it will provide a substantial, home cooked alternative for busy mums and dads.

The mum-of-two held a launch party for parents and babies at Whalley Village Hall where a full-scale baby food taste test took place, resulting in chocolate covered babies!

The Molly Moo range of dairy-free baby food created by local entrepreneur Sarah Walker.

The Molly Moo range of dairy-free baby food created by local entrepreneur Sarah Walker.

Molly Moo Dairy Free has launched a unique set of calcium-rich products that use organic ingredients where possible. All are cooked and frozen to lock in the goodness a home-cooked meal provides.

Sarah’s own daughter, Molly, was born in June 2011 and has inspired the Molly Moo range. It was soon discovered Molly was suffering terribly from a milk allergy after she developed colic and eczema that covered her face.

After seeking medical advice, Sarah continued to breastfeed Molly, but cut dairy from her diet completely, which immediately resulted in a much happier and contented baby.

Sarah explained: “I didn’t really think about what would happen once we started to wean Molly onto solids. It was only when she began to show an interest in food other than fruit and vegetable purees that I became stuck on what to make that didn’t contain dairy. This made creating home cooked meals that little bit harder.

“Most parents would prefer to prepare their own meals for their children, but sometimes parents just need something to hand that they can grab when there isn’t the time or inclination to be in the kitchen. This is where I hope the Molly Moo range will help.”

The first three products are now available in the Molly Moo range – Thick and Creamy Carrot, Swede and Baby Spinach Soup; Sweet Potato and Broccoli Bake; and Chocolate Figgy Diggy Pudding. All are suitable for babies from seven months plus.

One of Molly Moo’s first taste testers is 14-month-old Neive Ireland, who has needed a dairy-free diet from a very early age. Neive’s mum, Leoni, said: “Neive suffered with stomach pains, sickness and skin problems until her allergy was discovered.

“Sarah allowed us to try a sample pack of the new Molly Moo products and they went down a treat. It was so good to be able to give Neive something without me having to batch cook at the last minute.”

Milk allergy is the most common childhood allergy, in which a baby’s immune system reacts to the proteins in milk, affecting between two and seven per cent of babies in the UK. Fortunately most children grow out of it by the age of three, but it can leave meal times boring, stressful and limited based on what is on the market for babies with allergies.

For more information about the Molly Moo range, visit www.mollymoodairyfree.co.uk or e-mail info@mollymoodairyfree.co.uk