I'm Naya

Mama & wife. Breastfeeding advocate & lactation educator. IBCLC in training & wannabe fashionista. I write about breastfeeding, motherhood, and breastfeeding style. 

Breastfeeding and Exercise

This week's Breastfeeding Blog Hop topic is Breastfeeding and Exercise.

Exercise. Something I don't do too often, even though I should. I've never been big into fitness. Before and during pregnancy, I belly danced in a troupe. I wouldn't say I was particularly good, but it was a lot of fun and a hell of a work out. We also had a gym membership at the time, so I'd often go and get on the elliptical for a few miles before calling it a night. I was hooked on the endorphin rush.

Since having E, I've dropped the gym membership along with whatever routine I had. I've been trying to be better about exercise, but it is difficult to feel motivated when all I want to do after work is veg on the couch with my son. I have tried to incorporate E into my exercise routine. He goes in the stroller while I run or jog. Now that he's walking, we go for walks around the neighborhood and then I will go run a little. Unfortunately, this happens very infrequently.

When it does happen, I haven't noticed a drop in supply. I have always been careful to drink a lot of water and eat extra calories because of breastfeeding. I did hear or read somewhere that a baby should not be nursed for an hour after exercise because the milk may taste different. I'm not sure how true that is.

One thing I have noticed is a lack of supportive sports bras for well endowed nursing moms. My $14.99 Target sports bras aren't cutting it for something as high impact as jogging or running, but I'm not sure where to get any better ones. Any suggestions?


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