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TikTok has a new star and it's not a dancing teen or a mom with a squeaky oven. It's a Starbucks "secret menu" item that could (possibly) boost a mama's milk supply (or just be a delicious placebo).

TikTokkers call it the "Cosmo and Wanda" (a name inspired by the duo of fairy godparents in the animated series The Fairly OddParents) but your barista might know it as a Strawberry Matcha, according to Pop Sugar. It's not technically on the menu, but you can order it off the so-called "secret menu".

Like its ancestor the Pink Drink, this concoction can contain coconut milk, which has some nursing mamas wondering if it could help boost milk supply (while providing a caffeine boost).


Here's what you need to know about Starbucks' Strawberry Matcha + breastfeeding:

The "Cosmo and Wanda" is just the Pink Drink with vanilla cold foam and a scoop of matcha powder blended into the cold foam. The original Pink Drink is a delicious blend of Starbucks' Strawberry Acai Refresher and coconut milk.

When the Pink Drink went viral back in 2017 mamas started wondering if it could boost breast milk supply and the discussion is resurfacing as the Strawberry Matcha has become the drink of 2020. If you get a Strawberry Matcha with coconut milk could it help boost breastmilk supply?

This internet legend started mama Laura Galvin posted a picture of a leaked-through t-shirt to the Milky Mamas breastfeeding support Facebook group in 2017—and according to Galvin, Starbucks' Pink Drink deserved the credit for her increased milk supply. (In fact, Galvin said she suddenly had so much extra milk that she was looking to donate to a local milk bank. Talk about a “double pump!")

Naturally, that got the attention of other breastfeeding mamas—especially those looking for any excuse to drive through Starbucks. When Pink Drink-loving moms realized they weren't alone in thinking the coconut beverage was helping them pump more, the conversations in Facebook groups dedicated to breastfeeding blossomed.

Of course, a few Facebook posts don't prove the moms' hypothesis, and there hasn't been any actual scientific study of how the Pink Drink impacts breastfeeding. What we do know is that galactogogues—aka, foods and supplements known to increase milk production—certainly do exist (lactation cookies, anyone?) and the Pink Drink could be an accidental one.

“Anecdotally, some women have reported that coconut milk helps boost their milk supply, and since the drink is made with coconut milk it might," said Diana Spalding, midwife and Motherly's Digital Education Editor.

On top of that, the moms who simply believe the drink will help them may actually experience those benefits: Studies show that anxiety is linked to reduced breast milk supplies. On the other hand, moms who are laid-back and confident about producing enough milk may find it much easier to get their flow on. Plus, simply hydrating adequately helps with milk supply—so that could be another factor. (Because anyone who gets a Pink Drink is sure to slurp it down much more enthusiastically than another glass of water.)

Really, as far as Spalding is concerned, the only downside is the amount of sugar in Pink Drinks, which pack 24 grams into a grande. Thankfully, many homemade versions are great lower-sugar options.

“Like most things, everything in moderation," Spalding said. “I wouldn't go crazy with the drink. But, if you love it and find it helps your milk supply, the occasional treat is great."

So if you want a secret menu treat, the Pink Drink or the "Cosmo and Wanda" (as long as it's made with coconut milk) could be a refreshing choice, but it's probably not going to make you leak through your shirt.

[A version of this post was originally published August 1, 2017.]

There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

Comforts fruit snacks

If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

comforts nite pants

Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

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