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I stayed dehydrated while I was breastfeeding. It was so bad that my boobs had to send scouts into the wilderness of my body to hunt for water. Yeah, that bad. I came up with some pretty cool tricks to help me stay hydrated…but they only worked when I remembered to use them. And drinking water fell under the category of Really Great Things I Probably Won’t Do. But that’s what I love about BodyArmor. You can’t forget it. It’s a completely yummy sports drink that nobody could forget to drink.
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Suddenly I don’t have to remember to drink my water, because this is just as hydrating and tastes better. I just stock it in the fridge and it gets used. And I mean the stuff disappears like birds at a magic show.
But that’s not even the best part. Because BodyArmor has gained a reputation as a drink that boosts milk supply.
Which would be amazing if it was true. Is it?
In a word, yes.
So there’s your short answer. Keep reading if you want to know about the ingredients, why it boosts milk supply, where to get it, and if there are any studies that back up the milk supply reputation.
BodyArmor nutrition and safety
Okay, so BodyArmor claims to be a natural and healthy alternative to sports drinks like Powerade and Gatorade. The regular BodyArmor drinks come in 11 flavors, each of which has 70 calories, 20mg of sodium, no fat, 18g of carbs, and 18g of sugars for every 8 ounces. Not bad.
I’d really be careful about drinking too many of these in a day with that many calories. But if you’re drinking 1 a day, that’s a pretty decent nutritional profile.
As for ingredients, you have water, cane sugar, coconut water, lots of electrolytes, lots of vitamins, natural flavors and natural colorants. That beats the pants off of Gatorade any day.
The coconut water is the main galactagogue (milk supply enhancer) in BodyArmor drinks.
And all the vitamins help too. But it’s mainly the coconut water, which makes up about 10% of the drink.
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There’s not a single ingredient in BodyArmor that’s unsafe while breastfeeding. Nothing that should be used with caution either. Except calories.
BodyArmor Lyte has all the good things about regular BodyArmor (such as the amazing flavor) but it’s sweetened with Stevia
Kudos to them for picking stevia!
At just 20 calories, 3g of sugar and 10g of carbs per 8
Unlike “diet” sodas, BodyArmor Lyte is legitimately healthy and doesn’t give you a weird aftertaste.
Where can you buy it?
It’s really easy to find BodyArmor. If you want it shipped to you, Amazon has some good BodyArmor deals.
Some of the most common stores to find it
You can also find it in many convenience stores. The ones that I know for a fact carry it are Circle K, Mapco, Speedway, and 7 Eleven. I’m sure there are others who stock it too.
Are there any studies?
There aren’t any studies to back up the claim that BodyArmor boosts milk supply. Don’t let that dissuade you though. BodyArmor Sports Drink was created in 2011, so it’s still a bit new to have any studies.
And truthfully, any study created around a specific brand is probably funded by someone with a bias toward helping or hurting the brand’s sales.Truthfully, any study created around a specific brand is probably funded by someone with a bias toward helping or hurting the brand's sales.
Does it really work?
It certainly seems to. If you go on any forum for breastfeeding moms, you’ll read comments from dozens of women who swear by it. In fact, I’ve seen more moms who love BodyArmor than those who love fenugreek or Mother’s Milk Tea.
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And unlike fenugreek, which can lower milk supply in some women, I haven’t seen a single person claim that her milk supply was hurt because of BodyArmor.
But I’ve seen gobs of women claim that it boosts their supply quickly. Gobs. That’s the official count.I've seen gobs of women claim that BodyArmor sports drink boosts their milk supply quickly. Gobs. That's the official count.
Since so many moms claim it works, and since it’s so incredibly nutritious, what do you have to lose? At around $2 per bottle, there’s really no reason not to give it a shot.
Worst case scenario, you find a delicious new alternative to soda.
Have you tried BodyArmor Superdrinks to boost your milk supply? Please comment & share your experience!