Are you looking for healthy ways to increase your milk supply and stay hydrated during your breastfeeding journey? While many sports drinks may claim to replenish electrolytes and hydrate you, they often come with a downside - a high sugar content. Consuming sugary drinks on a regular basis can do more harm than good, especially if you have a hormonal or metabolic disorder like insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, PCOS, or an underactive thyroid.
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!
The good news is that there are healthier options that can help you stay hydrated and boost your milk supply without the negative effects of sugar: Coconut water, Bone broth, Fresh carrot juice, or Electrolyte-infused water.
Coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes and has been shown to increase milk supply.
Bone broth is also a great option as it is rich in minerals, collagen, and gelatin, which can aid in healing and nourishing the body.
Fresh carrot juice is another favorite of breastfeeding mothers, as it is high in vitamin A, which is essential for lactation.
If you're looking for a simple and refreshing option, try electrolyte-infused water.
Make your own electrolyte-infused water by adding the following to a glass of water:
- A pinch of sea salt
- A squeeze of lemon
- A drop of honey
This will provide your body with the necessary electrolytes to stay hydrated and support your milk production.
Hilary Jacobson, author of "Mother Food", recommends drinking fresh carrot juice to boost afternoon energy levels. What are some of your favorite healthy alternatives (other than water, of course) that have helped you stay hydrated and increase your milk supply? Share with us in the comments below!
I’ve had such a great result with increased milk supply with body armor that I can’t steer from it.. I do however get the lyte version. Never had the original.
Legendairy Milk replied:
❤️ We are happy to hear you have found a product that works well for you! The Lyte version does have less sugar than the original as well!