51. Quick Tip Tuesday: Unpopular opinion...You shouldn’t drink Body Armor to increase your milk supply - breastfeeding, pumping, postpartum, new mom, first time mom, baby tips
Ever wondered if you should try drinking Body Armor to increase your milk supply? Moms seem to be raving about it in online breastfeeding groups, but I’m here to tell you, DON’T DO IT.
Listen in to today’s Quick Tip Tuesday episode to learn why.
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FULL EPISODE TRANSCRIPTION:
Hey friends, it’s Quick Tip Tuesday where I answer a quick question submitted by you my podcast listeners. If you have a question that you’d like me to answer on a Quick Tip Tuesday episode, just go to my website, Angel swan.com/quick tip and submit your question. So today’s question is from Taylor and she asks, Should I drink body armor to increase my milk supply. So, if you’re hanging out in breastfeeding groups on like Facebook or other online forums, you might have come across some moms recommending that you try drinking body armor to boost your milk supply. Body Armor does contain coconut water and electrolytes, which can help increase your supply, because it’s providing that extra hydration that regular water won’t give. But it also contains a disgusting amount of sugar, actually about 28 grams of sugar per serving, which is a lot. And unfortunately, a lot of these moms who are drinking the body armor, they’re drinking multiple bottles a day, which means that they’re taking in way more sugar than their bodies need. And they’re taking in more calories, which is going to lead to some unwanted side effects like weight gain or being able to lose that baby weight like you might want. You might get acne from all the extra sugar, inflammation. It’s just like a lot of downsides to drinking body armor for the purpose of breastfeeding. No, there is a reason that body armor has so much added sugar. And that’s because coconut water on its own tastes like crap. And no one ever seems to think about taking electrolytes up supplements for breastfeeding. Even though I that’s like my go to recommendation. So like I don’t know why, but I never see the electrolytes being talked about in breastfeeding groups. And if you’re trying to drink a ton of like, just plain old water to stay hydrated and boost your supply, you’re probably just going to drive yourself crazy because that’s a lot of water, like you’re going to be drinking constantly. So what I recommend that you do is to grab some electrolyte supplements and I’m actually really loving the noon electrolyte tablets, that’s n UU N. Their little flavored tablets that you put into your water, they come in a tube of like 10 I think and then there’s so there’s 10 tablets, and you just put the tablets in your water, one tablet in the water and then the added electrolytes and in your water now are going to give you that hydration that you’re looking for without you having to down gallons of water every day without having to take in a whole bunch of extra grams of sugar of more calories, whatever. Because really, you should be getting your calories from whole foods not from like a drink in my opinion. So another thing is the the noon tablets are super affordable, they’re actually way more affordable than most other like sports drinks. They’re more affordable than body armor. They’re more affordable than Gatorade. I actually did the math because I’m a nerd. And noon tablets are just 42 cents per serving. Body armors are a minimum of $1.24 per serving. That’s like the cheapest you’ll find them. And then the other popular drink I see recommended is Gatorade zero, which is affordable, it actually has a bottle has 2.5 servings, which brings it to just about 47 cents per serving. Gatorade zeros, definitely a better option the body armor but I mean, who wants to be lugging around those huge bottles of Gatorade wherever you go, they’re too big to fit in the pockets that come with your diaper bag, whatever. They’re clunky, I don’t like it. So to me, it’s just much easier to grab a tiny tube tube of the new tablet, stick those in your purse, your diaper bag, your pocket, and just take out a tablet when you need one. So I’ll put my Amazon affiliate link in the episode description. So if you do want to buy from my link, I will get a little commission from that probably just a few cents, but I figure why not put my link out there. Right. And that that’s that so if you’ve listened to my podcast is far and you haven’t taken just one minute really one second to leave me a review on Apple podcasts. Please go and do that today. If I have helped you in any way, if you have learned something new from listening, the best way to support the show is to leave me a five star rating and or a written review if you really really love me. It just takes a minute of your time but really it makes a huge impact on my day it puts a smile on my face. And it also helps other moms find my show just because you took that little bit of time to leave her a review. And that is all for today’s Quick Tip Tuesday. Thank you so much for listening. I will talk to you soon. Buh bye