Coconut Water

by Tracie Wilton
(Park City, UT)


I have struggled with milk production with every baby, and am now on my fourth. I find myself having to eat upwards up 5000 calories a DAY to make the bare minimum at 9 weeks pp. And I have gained five pounds doing that.

Not my favorite thing, when I am already trying to get off baby weight. I have tried EVERYTHING. Fenugreek (upwards of 16 pills a day), Mother's Milk Tea (gives her gas), steel cut oats....If I stop eating everything in sight, my milk drops off.

That said, my child's pediatrician just said that coconut water is all the new rage among lactation consultants for increasing milk this true? And if so, how much should one drink? (Hope not too gets kinda spendy!)

Any advice whatsoever would be so appreciated! I always top after trying everything each time, and I fear the end is in sight if I don't come up with something....

Thank you!

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Feb 22, 2013
coconut water and seaweed
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Hi Tracie

Yes, coconut water is a wonderful way to increase milk supply because not only does it increase supply (because of all the nutrients and vitamins in it), but it can improve immunity, increase metabolism, detoxify, give you a clearer complexion, it has so many wonderful health benefits. Too many to actually mention here.

An interesting fact: The lauric acid found in coconut water is the same as human breast milk.

I haven't tried it myself though, here in South Africa we don't get good quality, natural (not in the tin) Young coconuts. (or at least not in our region)

Something I have tried though, that works better than any of the herbs, including Fenugreek, is Seaweed (Nori) if you like Sushi, I really recommend this.

I make my own sushi (vegetarian style) and I eat about two sheets of Nori. The next day my milk supply has more than tripled.

Dec 31, 2014
Coconut water
by: Anonymous

I have noticed more milk production while drinking coconut water

Feb 24, 2015
Coconut water and breastfeeding
by: Anonymous

I read your post on coconut milk and milk production. How much did you drink to increase your milk? I would like to try! Thanks!!

Mar 09, 2015
How much I drank ...
by: Anonymous

Hey there! I wasn't even trying to increase my supply because my body knows how much to produce now that my baby is 4 months and has a pretty good routine, but I started drinking coconut water two days ago and drank about 12oz each day.

I woke up this morning to my breasts feeling so full, and found out it's because of the coconut water! I had no idea! So 2 days and 24oz of coconut water later... Great increase in milk supply :)

Apr 05, 2015
Coconut water did increase my milk production
by: Anonymous

I live in Florida where we all have a coconut tree. I love to drink the water from the coconut first thing in the morning.

I am breastfeeding and had no problems with the milk production. However, now I do! My breasts are always too full. And becomes too painful.
I am 100% positive is from the coconut water.

If you have easy access to coconuts, and you are having low Breast milk supply, try it for 3 to 4 days. There's no harm to you or for the baby.

Nov 09, 2015
Water vs. Milk
by: Anonymous

Does it have to coconut water? Will coconut milk give the
same results?

Feb 02, 2016
Boosting my milk production
by: Jenny West

Healthy nursing tea is the only home remedy, I have ever used to boost my low milk supply. No doubt, coconut water is helpful to increase low milk production, but this tea is very effective and safe for moms of breastfeeding babies.

Mar 11, 2016
Coconut water is awesome!
by: Anonymous

Coconut water really helped my milk supply a lot.. I am forever grateful for it after almost giving up on nursing (My baby was super fussy because he wasn't getting enough milk) and now I have a nice supply stashed on top of my little one being fully satisfied ;).. I owe it all to coconut water, almonds and avocado.

This morning I had to wake up and change my shirt and my bra because I literally leaked right through my padded bra onto my shirt.. Believe me, it works. I tried fenugreek and oatmeal before and my baby was really gassy.

Jun 07, 2016
coconut water
by: Anonymous

it must not be coconut water. u can eat the coconut meat and ur breast milk will increase. I ate one full daily for two days and now my breast is very full and painful.

Jun 10, 2016
Beware of the "nut" allergy when eating/drinking coconuts.
by: Alizah

Hello All,

I just wanted to add that though coconut water is a wonderful thing for the body. Please be aware that it is still a nut and can cause nut allergies in newborns. I have a month old baby and like many of you, I am trying to get rid of the baby weight. So naturally I turned to coconut water (plus I retain regular water badly from the cancer treatment that I had a few yrs ago). My baby would not nurse the days that I would drink the coconut water and when he did eat a little he broke out in hives. So my hubby said hey go a day or so w/o it and see what happens and like a miracle he went back to eating like a footballer lol. I just wanted to share this with you all, because someone could be going through the same thing. Take care ladies!

Jun 12, 2016
CocoNUT but not a nut
by: Tracy

Coconuts are classified as drupes. A drupe is a fruit with a hard stony covering enclosing the seed (like a peach or olive).

It is possible to be allergic to coconut, but the cross reaction for those with tree nut allergies is very rare.

Read more here...

Jul 13, 2016
Milk production
by: Anonymous

Coconut is not an actual classified as a nut. With my last pregnancy I drank coconut water and ate oatmeal with blueberries I also ate almonds and avocado with some meals along with the fenugreek supplements and raspberry tea and I produced so much milk.

I had to wake up just to pump sometimes! I believe staying hydrated is key when breastfeeding. a couple of moms told me Gatorade helped them.

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