Thirsty? At some point in your pregnancy, you were probably told how thirsty you would be while breastfeeding. Your water demands increase by 50%, from about 8 cups a day to about 12 cups! A lot of mothers immediately get parched when baby latches too, reminding us to drink. Fresh, filtered water is a great choice but it can get, well, boring! If you’re going to add something to your water, why not make it beneficial to your milk supply and have it taste good, too.
What is a Lactation Lemonade?
Lactation lemonade is exactly that, a tasty drink that helps increase milk supply. This popular breastfeeding recipe helps a breastfeeding mom stay hydrated. The most common ingredients are water and lemons, of course, along with Mother’s Milk tea and your sweetener of choice. Mother’s Milk tea is a popular choice and contains herbs that help increase breastmilk supply like goat’s rue, milk thistle, fennel and marshmallow root.
How to Make Lactation Lemonade
There are many recipes that you can find online but what makes it lactation lemonade vs. regular lemonade is the addition of Mother’s Milk Tea. Made by Traditional Medicinals, it’s one of the most popular tea choices for new mamas.
To prepare the tea (per 1L):
It’s really that simple! You can use a favorite lemonade recipe or start with this:
Simple Lemonade Recipe:
Choosing honey or maple syrup as a sweetener is a better choice than white sugar and it’s best to avoid artificial sweeteners.
Can Lactation Lemonade Increase my Supply?
Thanks to the added Mothers Milk Tea which provides herbs like milk thistle and goat’s rue (read more about goat’s rue here) it can certainly help boost your supply. Proper hydration is also important so simply drinking more water - including the lactation lemonade - can positively impact your supply.
What are Other Drinks that Can Help Hydration and Boost Supply?
Lactation lemonade isn’t the only option to boost supply. Ginger switchel is another postpartum drink that is similar to lactation lemonade but with added ginger. Drinking hot or cold tea such as Mother’s Milk Tea or including teas with fennel, milk thistle, fenugreek or anise can also boost supply. Smoothies with Majka’s Lactation Booster and Majka’s Protein Powder also contain powerful blends to boost supply while helping you drink a little more too. In reality, a few of these will probably find their way into your daily routine. Having a smoothie in the morning, along with hot tea and then lactation lemonade to sip on later in the day are all supporting your milk-making powers.
Lactation lemonade is a simple breastfeeding drink that not only tastes good and quenches thirst but can have a positive effect on your supply too. Cheers, mama!
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