Anyone that has ever breastfed will tell you that breast milk has a value of gold. You can never have too much milk. If you are like me, you have done your research on foods to eat to help increase your supply. You take your Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, drink your mother’s tea, and eat your oatmeal. So what’s up with all of the buzz over Starbuck’s pink drink?
I am always on Pinterest looking for ideas to help with motherhood and in particular breastfeeding. One day, I came across an article with the famous Starbucks logo and the title of “Drink Starbucks and Increase Your Milk Supply.” Um yeah…I was immediately interested. What mom would pass up Starbucks with the hopes of having more milk for your baby? Even if the article wasn’t referring to the delicious coffees and mochas, I was still curious about this one pink drink that the article was referring to. I was all in to try!
So What Makes This Yummy Pink Drink So Great?
The Strawberry Acai Refresher aka the pink drink is loaded with all kinds of yumminess- strawberries, coconut milk, acai berries. The drink is loaded with all things good for any person let alone a nursing mother. It is loaded with electrolytes which makes it a great hydrating drink especially in this summer heat. More importantly, the drink taste like what I imagine a pink liquid Starburst would taste like. Better yet, the drink has only 140 calories- perfect snack!
Just to give you an idea of my milk supply, I pump twice a day- once in the morning and once in the evening. I have a very needy baby, who at 10 weeks still eats every 2 hours. When I pump, I average 4 ounces a breast. I drank my pink heaven in a cup in the afternoon without taking any other supplemental lactation aides such as fenugreek, milk thistle, blessed thistle, etc… Around 10 pm I pumped as I usually do. To my surprise I was able to pump 5 ounces instead of my usual 4 from each breast. I thought to myself that it was just a coincidence and went to bed. I woke up around midnight (usually Emilia gives her mama a much needed break at night and feeds once around 4 am to eat) and my breasts were hard as a brick. They were so full that I thought they would explode. I got up to pump and realized that I had leaked thru my shirt and a very thick nipple pad. I have never leaked thru the nipple pads that I use before. This was an absolute first. Even more surprisingly, I pumped another 5 ounces from each breast. I was able to still nurse Emilia at 4 am (and needed to as I was very full again) and still had to pump as usual in the morning.
Run! You are wasting precious time by walking! Find your local Starbucks and stock up. Not only is it a tasty refreshing drink, but I do believe it also increased my supply. Maybe it was coincidence. Maybe it was the drink. Maybe the coconut milk in the drink helped my supply. Who knows? I will probably never know for certain, but until proven different I think I will enjoy afternoon Starbucks trips even if it means giving up a fifteen minute a nap.
Let me know your experiences with this drink. I would love to hear them.