Exercise tips for breastfeeding moms
For those of us that aren’t lucky enough to have the post baby weight melt off courtesy of breastfeeding, exercise is a must if we ever want to see that body again! On the bright side, your milk production and comfort don’t have to be compromised to achieve that Beyonce bod– OK; pre-pregnancy body!
1. Find and never let go of a reliable and comfortable sports bra!- This is essential to a good gym workout. Since us nursing moms have breasts that get larger the fuller we are, we need a bra that will accommodate that. If a bra is too tight or too small, the straps will cause an unnecessary amount of pressure on your shoulders which is a sure-fire way to get a terrible headache. You want a bra that is easy on the shoulders, and fits around your breasts even with your arms lifted.
2. Hydrate- If you are working out as hard as I know you are, than you are probably leaving the gym drenched in sweat. You want to make sure you stay hydrated and replace the water that you are losing. When you are dehydrated, among tons of other consequences, your body is not able to produce breast milk. So, drink up mama!
Pump/feed BEFORE the gym- Working out will not harm your milk. However, doing jump squats with overly full breasts sounds like trouble. Pump or feed your babe to ensure even and relieved breasts.
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