Will exercise affect my milk production?
"Wise" tips are sometimes old myths when it comes to breastfeeding. We know you want to preserve your liquid gold for your baby and we're here to untangle facts from fiction.
Many new #mamas may be wondering if exercise will affect your milk production. Well, we have your answer! A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that “high-intensity running during lactation did not impair the quantity or quality of breast milk.” When a breastfeeding mom is returning to exercise, the following tips may help:
To avoid volume depletion, Mom must drink plenty of water throughout the day. Quantity recommendations vary, but a good place to start is to try to drink half your body weight (in pounds) in ounces per day.
Extremely intense anaerobic exercise (e.g. HIIT workouts or other types of interval workouts) can alter the taste of breast milk. Consider nursing or pumping prior to the workout (which can also aid in Mom's comfort while exercising), or change the time of workout based on baby’s feeding schedule.
Find a good, supportive bra. It is likely Mom's breasts will still be a (much) larger size than normal. Take this as a time to invest in a few quality sports bras, even if it’s just for a few months - it's worth it! See our blog for nursing sports bra recommendations.
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