Sponsored by Greater Than.

While pregnant, I was drilled on the importance of keeping hydrated. Dehydration during pregnancy can lead to cramping or preterm labor. Now that I am breastfeeding, the importance of remaining hydrated is the same, but for different reasons. Breast milk supply can wane if you’re dehydrated. As a breastfeeding mom, I know how important it is for us to maintain our breast milk supply. Daily, within the online breastfeeding communities in which I participate, the number one question I see asked is, “How do I increase my breast milk supply?” My answer, in two words: Stay hydrated. 

Related: Tips to Reduce Discomfort Experienced During Breastfeeding

While water alone can rehydrate moms, it doesn’t replenish the lost electrolytes and nutrients that can result in energy loss. Greater Than is the perfect option #GreaterThan #GreaterThanPartner • 100% natural • Made from 10 organic ingredients • 40-50 calories per 12-ounce serving • 9g carbs per 12-ounce serving • 0.7g sugar per 12-ounce serving with no stevia, artificial sweetener, or added sugar • Non-GMO verified • Gluten-free • Keto- and Paleo-friendly • 100% vegan • Available in tropical, watermelon, chocolate, grape, and orange mango, with strawberry lemonade, peach tangerine, and berry acai launching in 2020 • Packaged in recyclable 12-ounce paper cartons

Staying Hydrated is Key to Increasing Breast Milk Supply

One of the things I noticed when I first began to breastfeed was how thirsty I became during and after a breastfeeding session. Thirst while breastfeeding is actually pretty common. This is because breastfeeding requires your body to work harder, burning more calories, and decreasing hydration.  Due to experiencing breastfeeding-induced thirst, I’ve learned to always have something to drink like Greater Than or water to ensure I stay hydrated.

Related: Breastfeeding: Tips For Maintaining your Milk Supply

While drinking extra fluids won't increase your breast milk supply, the key is staying hydrated. I drink Greater Than sports drink.

What is Greater Than?

It is 100% natural and organic, non-GMO, coconut water-based hydration beverage that is made without artificial ingredients. As someone who loves drinking coconut water, I love this healthier option for keeping hydrated.

Drink Water to Prevent Dehydration or…

Most people are told to drink water to prevent dehydration. And that their water intake should be no less than 8 cups a day. However, it’s not just water that keeps you hydrated. All beverages containing water contribute toward your daily needs. Although I do prefer drinking water more than anything, sometimes plain water can get boring. And plain water doesn’t replace lost electrolytes, but Greater Than does.

I keep my LG InstaView Refrigerator stocked with Greater Than to quench my thirst to help maintain and increase breastmilk supply.
Greater Than is always stocked in my refrigerator so that I can have an ice-cold thirst-quenching beverage while breastfeeding.

In addition to coconut water being a natural source of electrolytes, Greater than is made with 38% juice. It adds flavor but still contains less sugar than your average sports drink. Oh, and did I mention it is fewer calories (40-50 calories per 12-ounce serving) and carbohydrates (9g carbs per 12-ounce serving), too?

During the times I'm craving hydration with flavor, I reach for one of my favorite flavors of Greater Than: tropical.

During the times I’m craving hydration with flavor, I reach for one of my favorite flavors of Greater Than: tropical. It tastes great on its own at room temperature or ice cold. I even enjoy adding it as a base to my favorite smoothies. If that flavor doesn’t fancy your tastebuds, don’t worry, they have more! There are eight additional flavors available: watermelon, grape, orange mango, strawberry lemonade, peach tangerine, and berry acai.

But Will it Help With Increasing Breast Milk Supply?

While drinking extra fluids won’t necessarily increase your breast milk supply, the key is ensuring you’re drinking enough fluids to quench your thirst. This is to prevent dehydration, which in turn, helps your body maintain its milk supply for your baby. If you are dehydrated and have seen a reduction in your milk production, then Greater Than will help.

In order to make more milk, you have to move milk. Whether it is through your baby latching onto your breast or through using a breast pump, the more milk you release will entice your breasts to produce more milk.

Related: Breastfeeding Tips: Know the Basics of Pumping Breast Milk

Remember, pumping isn’t an indication of how much milk you’re producing. Babies tend to remove more milk than a breast pump.

How To You Know You’re Dehydrated

Breastfeeding is the time you should listen to your body the most. Your breast will let you know when they’re too full (engorged). Your urine will let you know if you’re dehydrated. Light yellow urine is a good indication that your fluid intake is good. However, if you notice you’re experiencing headaches, dizziness. dry mouth or cracked lips, take those things as signs that you need to hydrate your body.

Breastfeeding moms who are looking for a hydrating beverage that is a healthier option than a sports beverage should try Greater Than. I personally love that it contains less sugar than some sports drinks I used to drink, as well as has 2-3x more electrolytes. And it doesn't contain any added sugar or artificial sweeteners or stevia. I don't feel guilty when I've chugged more than one down in a day. The packaging, a 12 oz. recyclable paper carton, makes it easy to tote around in my daughter's diaper bag or in my car's cupholder.

Breastfeeding moms who are looking for a hydrating beverage that is a healthier option than a sports beverage should try Greater Than. I personally love that it contains less sugar than some sports drinks I used to drink, as well as has 2-3x more electrolytes. And it doesn’t contain any added sugar or artificial sweeteners or stevia. I don’t feel guilty when I’ve chugged more than one down in a day. The packaging, a 12 oz. recyclable paper carton, makes it easy to tote around in my daughter’s diaper bag or in my car’s cupholder. You should also know that Greater Than is

  • Made from 10 organic ingredients
  • 0.7g sugar per 12-ounce serving
  • Non-GMO verified
  • Gluten-free
  • Keto- and Paleo-friendly
  • 100% vegan

Get $15 off your Greater Than Sports Drink purchase heredrinkgt.com.

One (1) Beauty & The Bump NYC reader will have the chance to win one (1) 16-pack of Greater Than Sports Drink. 

Entry is easy! Just follow the prompts on the widget below to enter.

Win one (1) 16-Pack of Greater Than Sports Drink

*This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only. Ends on 09/09/2020 at 11:59 PM EST.*

Get Social with Greater Than

http://www.drinkgt.com | Facebook | Instagram | #GreaterThan

Kim S. on FacebookKim S. on InstagramKim S. on LinkedinKim S. on PinterestKim S. on Twitter
Kim S.
Owner
Kim is a 30-something-year-old wife and do-it-all mom of two beautiful daughters; her rainbow babies. Kim uses Beauty and the Bump NYC, to share her perspective about the things that she loves most and finds beautiful: family, travel, cars, food and more. As a contributor to A Girl’s Guide to Cars, Kim shares her love for cars through providing helpful tips and car reviews from the perspective of a modern working mom.