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Question: Breastfeeding & Exercise

"I want to start running again, but I'm not sure how that works when breastfeeding.."
     I have had several women message me on Facebook and Twitter with questions about exercise and nutrition. Recently, I had a new mom ask a very good question regarding fitness attire when breastfeeding and exercising post baby. I wanted to share our conversation, as I know I had similar questions those first few months post-partum.
  • RoseMary Turner: "So very random and semi personal question lol. I'm not sure if you were or are nursing but I know u work out and I was wondering if u knew how that worked lol. I want to start running again after my 6 week appt but I'm not sure how that works when breastfeeding ( like the kinda bra etc)."
  • Cara Staley (Me): "Perfectly normal question!!! I think when you become a mom, you almost lose any embarrassing feelings you may have towards boobs! ;) I breast fed only for two months bc my little man just wasn't able to latch on and pumping just became too much when trying to maintain my supply. With working out, BE SURE YOU GET THE DOCTORS OK FIRST! Your body has gone through a lot and will not be the same. Did you work out at all when you were pregnant? With the bra, I would just wear something really supportive as you may or may not still be sore from your milk coming in. If you are pumping and she isn't actually latching on, I would be careful as to not bind your breasts too tightly as this can sometimes hinder your supply. Also if you are working out again, be sure to EAT ENOUGH and DRINK DRINK DRINK WATER! You will already be losing weight just from breastfeeding alone and with the water, you def want to be sure you are hydrated to produce milk and to boost your energy! Nothing is worse than an already worn out mom becoming tired just because she is malnutritioned and dehydrated! 
           So, in the not so scary version: wear a supportive bra, it might even be more comfortable to wear a normal underwire bra with a sports bra layered on top. You should ease into your running. Your joints will still be loose from your body preparing for labor. But, your body will let you know when and what is too much, -just be sure to listen! 
           On a side note from running, if you want to burn fat and start getting back in shape, one of the best ways will be to walk at a moderate to fast pace. (You will want your heart rate to be around 60% of your maximum heart rate. With this, you should still be able to carry on a conversation without gasping for air.) Do this for about 45 mins a day for at least 3 days a week and you will be so surprised the results! When you walk your body isn't having to rush into high energy mode, so it is then able to pull from fat sources to fuel your workout."
Check out this awesome article specifically on breastfeeding and fitness:
   A special thank you to RoseMary Turner for allowing me to share this. She is a wonderful new mom with a beautiful baby girl. RoseMary's already back into her skinny jeans and is working towards her first half marathon in a few months! Congratulations again RoseMary!
     Feel free to ask me anything! If I don't have an answer, I will find one! Remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Above: RoseMary Turner & her sweet new baby girl

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essays on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 11:40 PM
awesome advice.What I have heard from a research that if breastfeed you will eventually lose weight and with doing work out you will regain that old physique that you lost from giving birth
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