Why Coconut Water is Good for Breastfeeding Active Mamas

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When I had Mr P I was scared about exercising and breastfeeding at the same time. I all but gave up exercise because I didn’t want to be one of those women who doubted her milk production after resuming exercise. Sure, I kept up a walking routine, but that was it.

This time around I’m better educated and know that it is totally possible to keep exercising  while breastfeeding, the key is staying super hydrated. I’m already drinking well above the recommended 8-10 glasses a day, but still it is important to make sure that I stay hydrated. Big Monkey fully supports my desire to stay fit even during these first few months of our daughter’s life, so he has done some research and found me the elixir to rehydration – coconut water. Coconut water is the liquid you hear swishing around when you shake a coconut. It is not to be confused with the creamy coconut milk often used in thai dishes. Coconut milk is the product of white coconut flesh all mashed up.

I did my own research and it appears that Coconut water is the all natural sport drink.

One of the most remarkable characteristics of coconut water is its chemical profile and mineral content. The primary minerals or electrolytes in coconut water are essentially the same as those found in human blood.

~ from  Selina Naturally

So next time you think about grabbing a sports drink after your workout, look for a can of coconut water at your local health food stores or even better crack open a coconut from your fruit and veggie shop. I downed half a can after my run this past week and the taste is not as sweet as I remember it as a child. My parents are from Barbados and so they drink coconut water, eat the flesh and make coconut bread. I loved the sweet bread but was never keen on the water back then.

Want to see how I open a young coconut for its refreshing water? Check out the video!

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15 Responses to Why Coconut Water is Good for Breastfeeding Active Mamas
  1. Megan
    January 15, 2012 | 9:15 pm

    I have never tried coconut water I’ve seen it. It sounds yummy
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  2. Marie Nichols
    Twitter: nichols0907
    January 15, 2012 | 9:16 pm

    Ohh…i love coconut water. I used to eat and drink it all the time when i live in hawaii. i miss it so much. my dad occasionally still uses coconut milk and sautees it in some of there dishes especially with fish.oohh..so good. i will have to try to use that instead of other drinks..

    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      January 19, 2012 | 2:57 pm

      Hawaiian food is quite similar to some of the Polynesian food I sometimes had in New Zealand, like ‘poisson cru’ – yum, yum!

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  4. Amber
    January 15, 2012 | 11:33 pm

    I will have to try coconut water in the can. When I used to teach foods I would give my students some to drink from the actual coconut, but I couldn’t stand the taste. That’s great to know that it can help ensure that your breast milk production stays maxed! Awesome post!
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  5. TishaMarie
    January 15, 2012 | 11:33 pm

    I haven’t developed a taste for coconut water yet, so I mix it with regular water so that I at least get some of the potassium I need from it. The Big Monkey is awesome for doing the research too! Mine just man a DQ run, :{
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  6. Ashley (Irishred02)
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    January 16, 2012 | 9:11 am

    Coconut water is a big thing around here. My friend got me into drinking it. Love it! Glad you mentioned it for the moms who haven’t tried it yet. I like the lime flavored one myself :)
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  7. Lena - @elenka29
    Twitter: elenka29
    January 16, 2012 | 11:00 am

    I have been thinking about coconut water for a while. I kinda overdosed on it the first time I was pregnant and even the sent of coconut was making me sick. Anyway, I definitely need to know more about it
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  8. Andrea (@notimeMom)
    January 16, 2012 | 1:22 pm

    I had my first taste in Thailand, but wasn’t really excited by it. I love coconut milk for creams, whipping and curries though. Thanks for the tips.

    Have a great week!
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  9. Mia
    January 16, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    I would love to try coconut water, because I hear so many good things about it, but I don’t like the taste of coconuts…is it coconutty?
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  10. Megan @mnmspecial
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    January 18, 2012 | 12:27 am

    I love coconut water. My grandfather bought me a coconut for my birthday for 19 years and Christmas too. It was a special bonding moment with him. He had since passed, but I think of him every time I drink coconut water. My favorite is vitacoco with pineapple.
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  12. Ed Hartz
    August 5, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    I agree with the similarities and benefits except that you are talking about commercial processed coconut water. This processed coconut water does not have the efficacy, nutrients and taste profile that fresh coconut water has right from the coconut. The coconut when harvested from the tree keeps the coconut water sterile and full of nutrients. The husk and other parts of the coconut that contain the fluid coconut water are like a mother’s womb. The fluid inside is like blood plasma. That is why it could be used as an IV during WWII. You cannot use commercial processed coconut water as an IV. It could hurt you.

    Ed Hartz

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