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alex

Exercising and BF

Hi Adeline,

It has been 10 weeks since the arrival of my beautiful daughter, Olive Joy, and I'm just starting to feel human again  Cool ! Both before my pregnancy, and during it, I was an active person and enjoyed running. I am really keen to get back to it, but I don't want it to affect my BF - I have heard that too much vigourous exercise can cause your milk to dry up Sad .  Do you have any thoughts on this?  Thanks for your help.
LittleBrownFrog

I'm not adeline, but my understanding is that exercise shouldn't have any adverse effect on milk production.  you need to be careful though, because your body will not have returned to normal yet, leaving you more vulnerable to strains and other injuries.
adeline

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter!
My advice is that you should always listen carefully to your body. This is never more true than post child birth. When you feel sufficiently recovered, you can resume healthy gentle excercise with no adverse effects to your breastfeeding, and many benefits to your physical and mental health.
Dont forget that a well fitting sports bra is essential, and continue to eat a healthy diet, keeping well hydrated.
As your body adjusts there is no harm in increasing your activity.
I myself trained for ran a marathon earlier this year, before my baby was taking regular solids, and he never went hungry, although my milk flow was slower after very challenging runs.
Some people do find that tiredness effects their production/let down reflex. The need for rest and calorie intake will increase according to your activity and the growth of your little one.
I have also heard it said that in some extreem circumstances, excessive excersise can alter the taste of your milk, however, this wont be an issue for you at this stage! Have fun. Very Happy
alex

Re: Exercise and BF

Thank you both for your advice.  I have started back gently with a bit of easy post-natal yoga and Pilates and some cycling to avoid injury.  The Pilates seems very good for my strength, and the yoga for relaxation.  The cycling is good CV work.  I have just started to jog (very very slowly Embarassed !!) about 2-3K twice a week and all this hasn't affected my milk, so far.  I hope to gradually increase this as I continue to recover.  It is reassuring to hear that exercise shouldn't affect my mik production as I am keen to jog further and faster Laughing .  Thanks again for your replies.

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