Breastfeeding and exercise

Breastfeeding and exercise - Transcript

If you’ve been used to exercising a lot before you had your baby, you might wonder whether breastfeeding is compatible with all that exercise, and are you actually able to start that exercise up again, or will it affect your milk supply?

And of course, we know that exercise has tremendous benefits for both your emotional and your physical well-being. We know it can reduce stress, and help with weight loss, and it really is an all-round wonderful thing to do.

It’s also good news that research is showing that moderate exercise doesn’t appear to affect the composition of your milk or your milk supply.  Some of the studies are showing that strenuous exercise may temporarily increase the lactic acid content of your breast milk, but this isn’t actually seen to be dangerous. Even after mothers have done strenuous exercise, babies appear to be really accepting of the breast – it doesn’t appear to be affecting them detrimentally.

But it’s certainly important before you embark on exercising after you’ve had a baby, generally to wait for maybe about 6 weeks? Speak with your GP about that, get your 6 week check out of the way and start off with gentle exercise at first – maybe some brisk walking or mild aerobic exercise, nothing too strenuous at first, and gradually, gradually build up according to your own limits.

It can be a really good idea to feed your baby before exercising; and wear a good, supportive bra, you may wish to rinse your breasts as well before feeding your baby afterwards, but remember during the exercise to keep well hydrated, and… have a whole load of fun!

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V1 published June 2017. Next review date: April 2020

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