Exercise and Nursing

Some moms are raring to get back to the gym after their postpartum recovery, while others are happy to keep cuddling their babes on the couch. Whichever group you fall into, here’s what you need to know about exercising as a breastfeeding mom:

Don’t Worry About Your Milk Supply

Research shows that moderate exercise a few times a week shouldn’t affect supply, especially if you don’t start until about 6 to 8 weeks postpartum. But if you do notice a drop, check with a lactation consultant.

Take It Slow

When you’re ready to start exercising again, don't go overboard. Walking and yoga are a good way to ease back in.

Incorporate your baby into your exercise routine, too. Stroller walks or Mommy and Me exercise classes can be fun for both of you. If exercise is more “me time” for you, make sure you schedule it into your day so you don’t miss out.

Some moms are surprised about how their breasts feel when they start exercising again, so invest in a high-quality, supportive, nursing sports bra if you can. There are lots of good brands to choose from, so enjoy the hunt!

See also ...

•  Breastfeeding and weight loss

•  Exercise tips for a breastfeeding mom

•  FAQs about exercise and breastfeeding

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