The theory behind why some of these drinks may increase milk supply is:
- They can replenish your electrolytes (they’re high in potassium and sodium) and
- They help to keep you hydrated. Goodness knows how tough it can be to find time to eat well and stay hydrated some days!
But the major downside of these drinks is they’re loaded with sugar. One serving contains your ENTIRE allotted amount of sugar for the day! If you have a hormonal/metabolic disorder like insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, PCOS, or an underactive thyroid, they may do more harm than good when consumed regularly.
And the reality is all of us have some degree of insulin resistance already.
The good news is there are much healthier options like coconut water, bone broth, fresh carrot juice, or electrolyte-infused water.
Hilary Jacobson (author of Mother Food) mentions drinking fresh carrot juice to boost afternoon energy levels.
What healthy alternatives (other than water, of course) have you found to stay hydrated?