We all know exercise is good for us but what about if you have decided to breast feed? The good news is that there is no evidence to suggest you should not exercise whilst breast feeding. Exercise after you have fed your baby to ensure your breasts don’t feel uncomfortable and your baby will be happier too!
You may need to wear a sports bra as your nursing bra may not give you enough support and you may need to use nursing pads. You may have read that your baby will not like the taste of your milk if you have just exercised – however, there is no evidence that moderate exercise causes a problem. Nursing mums should drink a glass of water before and after exercise – also drink more in hot weather.
Research has shown that breastfeeding mothers can get a better cardiovascular fitness through exercise. Walking is a great way to get back into exercise or carrying your baby in a back pack will give you a better workout. It is not recommended that you diet whilst breast feeding, by eating a healthy diet and exercising you will start to lose the excess baby weight naturally. Remember you will retain about three pounds of extra tissue in your breasts whilst breast feeding.
There is some evidence which suggest that mums who breast feed will not only help themselves regain their pre pregnancy weight but that breast feeding can prevent your child becoming obese. Once a child becomes obese he or she is very likely to suffer from obesity as an adult. Breastfeeding can be described as an ideal ‘supply on demand’ regulation system.
Why not come along to our breast feeding buggy walk on Friday April 15th 11am at the Wyndley Leisure Centre. £3 per person all proceeds for the breast feeding support charity.