Exercise and Breastfeeding

by Kate on April 8, 2021

I’ve been wondering how exercise effects breastfeeding and suspected that being overly active reduces the quantity of breast milk. After much research, I’ve unfortunately found that it has no effect.

I guess I was trying to rationalize not returning to my workout regimen. Sadly, it’s perfectly healthy to start working out again. even if you’re trying to produce as much breast milk as possible.

I realize I shouldn’t put pressure on myself to either workout or not workout. I mean, I hate this big tire I have parked around my belly after my pregnancy. It jiggles in very unsightly ways, so I guess it’d be nice to not have that anymore.

Of course, there is no guarantee that I’ll be able to get that off. But I’ve got such little energy that the LAST thing I want to do is go to the gym…wouldn’t it just be nice to sit down for a half a second, take a deep breath and just be?

Well, I guess that moment will have to wait 20 years or so. Until then, I’ll just have to start listening to my gym shoes calling my name from the closet. Who knows - maybe a little exercise will even give me some energy.

photo credit: Ed Yourdon

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