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Are You Including these 5 Drinks Daily to Increase Your Milk Supply

What are the best drinks to increase your Breast milk supply?

Let me list the pre-made drinks that are more convenient than mixing your own drinks.

Here are a list of drinks:

1. Coconut Water

2. Gatorade

3. Mother’s Milk Tea

4. Body Armor Light

5. Starbucks Pink Drink

Does Coconut water increase milk supply?

YES, coconut water is the best to increase milk supply.

Coconut water is a natural and healthy choice when needing to increase your milk supply. I love that it also comes in a variety of flavors such as: Orange, Mango, Grape, and Strawberry. Coconut water is known as a great source of potassium, magnesium, and electrolytes all wonderful when breastfeeding and needing to stay hydrated.

Coconut water:

  • Adds healthy fats to breast milk
  • Is Rich in Essential Nutrients
  • Helps with hydration
  • Increases antimicrobial properties in breast milk
  • Increases Milk Supply
  • Helps heal body & fights inflammation
Drinks to Increase Breastmilk Supply
Drinks to Increase Breastmilk Supply

What Gatorade is Best for Milk Supply?

If you are having trouble getting your minimum amount of calories a day of 1500-1800 calories. Then drink a regular gatorade which has 220 calories a day. If you are not getting enough calories your body will not make milk. 

If you are looking for Low calories try the G2 which is half the carbs and only 30 calories of a regular gatorade. Too hydrate without all the sugar, try Zero Gatorade which also has 0 calories.

Some Mamas swear by BLUE Gatorade but there is no research to support this evidence. I have heard some Mamas say that it turns your breastmilk blue if you drink enough. I have never seen this but try it out and let me know.

Can Breastfeeding Mamas drink electrolytes?

YES, they can drink electrolytes.

Breastfeeding can cause dehydration, so you need to drink plenty of fluids. That is why a lot of Mamas will grab a Gatorade or BodyArmor Lyte which come in a ton of flavors. I love that both brands have a variety for all Mamas’ taste buds. When you are dehydrated, making milk will be a second priority to your body and will produce less milk. Therefore stay hydrated and drink A LOT of fluids.

Why Mother’s Milk Tea?

This tea has been around for the last four decades and is made by other nursing Mamas.

In the tea you will find: fennel, anise, coriander, fenugreek and blessed thistle all which help promote lactation. Mamas say it has a very distinct licorice taste. The tea is caffeine-free and great to drink at night to warm you up, especially with those winter babies. Try adding a little honey to sweeten up the tea.

Drinks to Increase Breastmilk Supply
Drinks to Increase Breastmilk Supply

Why BodyArmor Lyte?

This drink is not just for athletes. BodyArmor also contains coconut water, vitamins and electrolytes which as stated before has wonderful properties to help increase your milk supply. 

The “Lyte”  is preferred due to the lower calories of only 20 calories and 2 grams of sugar. Again another win-win for Mama so you will not be drinking your calories for the day. The variety of flavors is wonderful to pick from: Peach Mango, Berry punch, Blueberry Pomegranate, Coconut, Kiwi Strawberry, Orange Clementine, and Strawberry Lemonade to name a few.

Can I still get a Starbucks drink to increase my supply?

 YES!! Treat yourself on your way to all your baby’s doctor’s appointments. The perfect drink will have coconut milk such as the Pink Drink. If you are trying to watch your sugar, you might want to try sugar-free vanilla syrup.  It has a small gram of sugar.

Drinks to Increase Breastmilk Supply
Drinks to Increase Breastmilk Supply

How many of these drinks a day do I need to increase my milk supply?

Due to feeding your baby all day with breastmilk, you will need to increase your liquid intake. For nursing Mamas, you need to drink 128 oz or 16 glasses of water a day. However, the good news is you can consume other tarsier drinks besides water.

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Remember a few tips to increase your milk supply!

  • Stay hydrated
  • Consume 1500-1800 calories per day
  • Try breastfeeding more often
  • After breastfeeding try to pump for about 10 minutes to remove more milk from your
    breast. It is all about supply and demand.
  • Do lot of skin to skin cuddles
  • Rest when baby does (I know this can be a hard one)
  • Nurse on demand
  • Find a support group with other Mamas
  • Meet with a lactation consultant

A few ways to Decrease your milk supply!

  • Do not restrict your diet to lose weight immediately
  • Drink less caffeine
  • Do not smoke cigarettes
  • Try to avoid drinking alcohol
  • Do not be gone for a long time from baby. If you take along a pump; pump every 2-3
  • hours.

Check with your doctors on all medications that can lower your milk supply. You can always call and chat with a nurse about your medications at the National Office on Women’s Health Helpline.  They are open Monday through Friday 9 AM to 6 PM EST.  They have nurses that speak English or Spanish at 800-994-9662

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Finally….

You should drink what sounds good and tastes good to you. I have loved yellow gatorade since I was a swimmer for 12 years. It reminds me of the hard work out and long hours at the pool. Pretty similar to the long days nursing every 2 hours to keep another human alive.

The beginning to your breastfeeding journey is hard. You worry about your supply, is my baby getting enough and keeping this little human alive.
Even if you feel this does not increase your supply a lot. It helps as a peace of mind that you are doing something else to help increase your supply.

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