When breastfeeding Ng shared on Instagram that she would be releasing a lemonade lactation drink, I thought… ‘hm, that sounds interesting’. She added an introductory discount price, lol, so I jumped into her DM and ordered mine. Here’s my unbiased review.
Why would you consider a lactation drink or snack?
If you would like to pump larger quantities of milk. Or feel like your supply is low or might not be enough, you might choose to consider a lactation supplement.
These snacks or drinks are said to boost your milk supply using natural milk enhancing ingredients from nature. Examples of these ingredients are fennel, coriander, fenugreek and oats. They are not backed by research, but by mothers anecdotes.
What else should I know about supply?
It is very unlikely that you do have enough milk – many mums who think they have low supply may be surprised to find it’s not the case. Checking the weight of your breasts or looking at how much you can pump are NOT good ways to gauge whether your milk is satisfying or sufficient for your baby.
The best way to check that is to monitor if baby is putting on weight by looking to see if they have wet or dirty nappies, often.
Mums have also found that drinking water, not stressing, pumping or feeding baby regularly helps boost supply. See full listing of tips to try to boost your supply here.
So, back to my review. Breastfeeding Ng offers two flavours of lactating iced tea: watermelon and lemonade. I tried them both.
Here’s what I noticed:
🍉 It tastes like a tea, not too sweet and best served iced cold.
🍉 I like both flavours, but the watermelon in particular is that bit more interesting in taste.
🍉 I tried the watermelon at about 1pm in the afternoon and I felt like I could see the results quite soon. I don’t have supply issues or doubts my body is producing enough for my baby, but there seemed to be a noticeably fuller feeling in the breasts after I introduced the iced tea, than before.
🍉 The drink tends to make me very thirsty so I ended up drinking lots of water, more than I normally would daily. I don’t know if this is a planned side effect but it’s definitely a benefit which also helps boost supply.
🍉 It would depend on amounts in the particular supplement you take, but fenugreek actually contains iron, magnesium, manganese’s, vitaminb6 and dietary fibre. It is also said to aid digestion, boost the immune system and reduce cholesterol levels. So apart from the supply boosting benefits, there are other nutritional benefits too.
What could have been different?
🍋 I would have liked to see a more detailed label which includes the full ingredients in the drink so I know what I’m putting in my body. I read labels a lot so I was a bit disappointed not knowing what I was drinking exactly. I reached out to Breastfeeding NG and the owner explained that she would normally do that but didn’t have those labels ready. She explained it contains moringa, aniseed and fennel.
I think telling us what is in the bottle also contributes to customer assurance and trust.
🍋 It has a natural and healthy-ish taste and smell. For me, this was perfect as it was not too sweet but if you’re expecting the usual lemonade sugary-sweet taste, you’ll need to adjust your expectations.
Price: 700 a bottle
Delivery process: Seamless! I actually requested delivery before 12pm and it was confirmed that it was possible. They missed me and came back once I explained I was able to still receive it. A very pleasant service altogether that I was pleased with.
Verdict: I would buy it again. I have serious sugar cravings and have been turning to sweet drinks but this drink is able to satisfy my craving, but with likely less sugar contained and other benefits too.
Please note: this is not a paid advert. I purchased these drinks. My review expresses my view and is unbiased. Milk boosting supply drinks are considered safe generally, but please do check with your Doctor before consuming them.