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The Benefits of Drinking Hot Chocolate While Breastfeeding
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The Benefits of Drinking Hot Chocolate While Breastfeeding

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Contrary to popular belief, not all hot chocolate is unhealthy.  We will explore the benefits of drinking hot chocolate while breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural way to nourish your baby, providing them with essential nutrients and building a strong bond between mother and baby. As a breastfeeding mother, it's important to maintain a healthy diet to support both your own well-being and your baby's development. While there are various beverages to choose from, one delicious option worth considering is hot chocolate. 

Increased Energy Levels

The early days and months of breastfeeding can be physically demanding, often leaving mothers feeling tired and drained. Hot chocolate can serve as a comforting and energy-boosting drink. The natural coconut sugar in our Lactation Hot Chocolate has a Lower Glycemic Index than processed or refined sugar.  The glycemic index (GI) is a measure of how quickly a carbohydrate-containing food raises blood sugar levels. Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index compared to white sugar, meaning it causes a slower and more gradual increase in blood sugar levels. This is important for maintaining stable energy levels and preventing spikes and crashes in blood sugar.

Drinking a warm cup of hot chocolate can give you the necessary lift to power through the day and care for your baby.

Mood Enhancement

The act of breastfeeding can sometimes cause hormonal imbalances, leading to mood swings and feelings of emotional distress. Hot chocolate contains compounds that help stimulate the production of endorphins, the "feel-good" hormones in your brain. When consumed in moderation, hot chocolate can promote a sense of relaxation, reduce stress levels, and lift your spirits. This positive impact on your mood can translate into a more joyful breastfeeding experience for both you and your baby. The cacao in our Lactation Hot Chocolates contain serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine, and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with feelings of well-being, happiness, and can even alleviate depression.

Increased Milk Production

One of the top concerns for breastfeeding mothers is ensuring an adequate milk supply for their babies. While there are various factors that can influence milk production, certain foods and beverages can offer a helping hand. Hot chocolate contains several components that may support lactation. For instance, cocoa is rich in theobromine, a natural compound that may stimulate milk production. Additionally, the warm temperature of hot chocolate can help increase blood flow to the breasts, which can enhance milk flow and encourage let-down reflex. Our lactation Hot Chocolate also contains Brewers Yeast, a "lactogenic" ingredient that can help support and increase milk supply.

Nutritional Benefits

Contrary to popular belief, not all hot chocolate is unhealthy. Opting for a premium product can provide you with important nutritional benefits. Cacao is packed with antioxidants, which help protect your body against free radicals and oxidative stress. It also contains minerals such as magnesium, iron, and potassium, which are crucial for maintaining a healthy immune system and supporting overall well-being. By choosing a refined sugar free recipe or with natural sugars, you can enjoy a guilt-free hot chocolate while breastfeeding.

Relaxation and Hydration

Breastfeeding can sometimes be a stressful and demanding experience, which is why it's essential to prioritise self-care. Enjoying a warm cup of hot chocolate can provide a moment of relaxation and tranquility during your busy day. The warmth and smoothness of the drink can help soothe your nerves and promote a sense of calmness. Additionally, it serves as a reminder to stay hydrated. Breastfeeding can be dehydrating, so incorporating hot chocolate as a part of your fluid intake can help you meet your hydration needs.

Incorporating hot chocolate into your breastfeeding routine can offer numerous benefits for both your physical and emotional well-being. From increased energy levels and mood enhancement to potential support for milk production and nutritional benefits, hot chocolate can be a delicious and comforting addition to your diet. Remember to choose high-quality cacao, refined sugar free ingredients, and savour the warm moments that hot chocolate brings to your breastfeeding journey.

Jordana Edwards is founder of Clean Tea Australia and The Breastfeeding Tea Co. Created in 2013 in collaboration with her naturopath mother, Jordana first sold Clean Tea at the markets in Byron Bay before growing her “little tea stall” into a multimillion dollar ecommerce global business.As the recipient of an astounding 5 awards at the 2020 Ausmumprenuer Awards, this business powerhouse has also been listed as one of the 2020 Remodista International “Women to Watch” in business disruption, as well as being a nominee as a Facebook “Community Leader” for her work training, mentoring and supporting women in business in her local and rural area.