Experts used to believe you needed to wait 90 min before or after exercise before nursing your baby, however, new findings are saying that isn’t necessary. “Exercise contributes to your overall health and is beneficial and appropriate for breastfeeding moms like you. Even vigorous exercise does not significantly affect the amount or composition of milk your body produces. And despite what you may have heard, it’s unlikely that your baby will reject your milk even if you breastfeed shortly after exercising.” According to La Leche League, here are some important points to bear in mind are:
- Wait until the baby is at least 6 weeks old or more.
- Start the exercise slowly and gradually.
- Be sure to consume liquids to replace those lost by sweating.
- Some kinds of exercise can be done with baby.
- Walking briskly, mild aerobic exercises and water exercises are ideal in the beginning.
- Other good exercises for later on are swimming and aerobics.
- Don’t do too much! It will tire you too much and take you away for too long; if you want to breastfeed, you need to be there.
It is always important to start any exercise program slowly and let your body adjust before you increase your weights or your intensity. The first few weeks should be focused on just getting your energy and endurance back. Start small like walking around the block a few times a day and work your way into your normal routine at 6 weeks postpartum. Always keep an eye on your supply if you feel like its decreasing, go through your check list first before you make any other changes: Are you eating enough for your workouts and milk supply? Are you drinking enough water? Are you getting enough rest to keep stress at bay? Good luck mama’s you got this!
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