We get this question occasionally at FIT4MOM. There are myths or old wives tales that working out when you are breastfeeding is not advised. The concern is that exercising could affect the quantity or quality of the breast milk. Here are the facts…
Moderate exercise will not affect the quality of your breast milk – There is no marked increase in lactic acid, which was the perceived concern in the past. As long as your intensity is not consistently at your maximum, your breast milk is not affected.
Infant growth is normal in exercising moms – the main thing to keep in mind is to stay hydrated. Dehydration could affect the quantity of your supply. Be sure to hydrate before, during and after your workout.
TIP: One reason you baby may refuse to eat post workout is that the taste of your sweat on the breast isn’t appealing. The simple task of wiping your breast before feeding could solve that issue.
If you choose to breastfeed your baby, your workouts don’t need to cease. Great news for both healthy babies and healthy moms!
*Always speak with a medical provider before starting any exercise program.
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