Once upon a time…. I was a new momma who thought breastfeeding would come easily and naturally. With my first child, I was uneducated and lacked support, but certainly not determination! My first lasted 11 weeks, which for me was an accomplishment because of my low milk supply.
Two years later with baby #2, I was ready. Equally as determined but FAR more educated. This time, I did my homework on low milk supply, which is much more common than I had realized. I joined nursing mom support groups. I learned the importance of ‘nursing on demand.’ Lastly, I fully utilized the lactation consultant at the local hospital’s support group to support my breastfeeding goals: latching, tips, and more. Despite my readiness for breastfeeding with my second baby, I still struggled with low milk supply! I agonized weekly to my mommy-friends in my group and that was my first introduction to lactation cookies.
After my lactation consultant recommended buying cookies, I instead decided to make them myself. Luckily, I had an active and involved two-year-old who loved to help mommy. We started to experiment in the kitchen with our own milk-making cookies. My baking assistant (aka my 2-year-old) was ready to help- dump, mix, stir and bake. These cookies were not only delicious, but they worked! Soon my friends wanted some. And then their friends. Eventually, someone suggested that I should put it on Facebook to be able to help even more moms and Bessie’s Best was born!
Now, I am a mom of three amazing kids. Our Bessie’s Best team is better than ever. We are moms, grandmoms and future moms that choose to be here for moms every day. We are all passionate about helping you make more milk for breastfeeding your little one. We have built Bessie’s on word of mouth, and we will continue to help as many moms have a successful breastfeeding journey – no matter what that looks like for them. For us, the only feeling in the world better than successfully breastfeeding our babies is helping hundreds of mothers successfully breastfeed theirs.
Thank you, thank you for supporting our small business. From one mom to another… you’ve got this, Mama!
– Jen Acuna, Owner and Founder