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Breastfeeding can be hard for new moms and looking for ways to increase milk supply can be even harder.
Enter the Pink Drink from Starbucks; it's a fruity iced beverage that is being praised by breastfeeding moms for its milk-boosting power. The hit drink—a blend of the Strawberry Acai Refresher and coconut milk—is being shared online by moms as a breastmilk hack. The craze began after one new mom posted a photo of herself in a breastfeeding support group on Facebook with a breastmilk-stained T-shirt, championing the Pink Drink for her increased milk production.
Originally exclusive to the secret menu, this drink has become a permanent addition to the Starbucks arsenal. All the hype around the drink could be exactly that, hype—let's not forget about the oatmeal latte (a bowl of oatmeal and steamed milk, topped with a shot of espresso), another Starbucks secret menu item that became popular for its alleged milk-producing power. But there may be something more to the Pink Drink than meets the eye. The two main players, acai berry and coconut milk, have health benefits that can support maternal health.
It may not work for everyone—so don't expect the Pink Drink to work wonders for your breast milk production—but it can't hurt to try. Stress can be a factor in low milk supply so treating yourself to a fruity-flavoured beverage may be just what you need to start the flow.