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.

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