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Can Starbucks Really Help Your Milk Supply?

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Posted: August 3, 2017 by meghan

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?

Starbucks pink drink
The ever so popular 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!

My Experience

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.

Meghan drinking pink drink

Nipple leakage
12 am leakage

 

Conclusion

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.

XOXO,

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9 Comments

  • Derek Hollis August 3, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I’m gonna have to get a bigger freezer to hold all this milk! Great post honey.

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    • meghan August 9, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you! I’m trying! 🙂

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  • Micaeh August 11, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing – I’m definitely going to try this! My little is 4 months and I’m barely able to pump once a day. I’d love to have just a small stash in the freezer!

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    • meghan August 11, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Micaeh! This drink really does work wonders. I hope you get the same results that I have. Good luck! 🙂

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  • Tara August 11, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Great post! I breasfed my second and had such a difficult time pumping more than 2-3 oz per breast per pumping session. I tried many things and nothing worked. She weaned at 9 months due to daycare. This is crazy that this works. I will tell other moms I know. Thanks for the info!

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    • meghan August 11, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      9 months is amazing! You should be so proud of yourself. Breastfeeding can be difficult, but it is so rewarding. Regardless, you are amazing for doing it for 9 months.

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  • Kristina August 11, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    I have never been one to pump more than 2 ounces from each breast (which is terrible), but I make enough milk for my baby to chunky, so I guess I’m OK. But I would love to pump more to build up more of freezer stash for date nights. Soooooo….guess I’ll try Starbucks! I’ve tried everything else you mentioned to no avail. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Carmela August 17, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    With this baby I’ve only been able to pump no more that 2 ounces per breast so I will defineltey try Starbucks! I tried fenugreek but baby didn’t like it. Thanks

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    • meghan August 21, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Carmela,

      Thank you for visiting my blog! Definitely try the drink out! I had amazing results and I also know others mother who have had great results from drinking the pink drink. Good luck!

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