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Exercising and Breastfeeding

Research has shown that moderate exercise has no effect on a nursing mother’s milk supply, composition, or baby’s growth. Exercise supports breastfeeding by improving the new mom’s overall well being- physically, emotionally, mentally and socially.  Breastfeeding can deplete calcium stores and exercise increases bone density. As with any exercise program it is important to train smart with a strong foundation in place that supports our efforts towards success and is considerate of our current physical condition. 

The Foundation:
Most new mothers do not resume their exercise programs until 6 weeks postpartum. This provides a window of opportunity to establish breastfeeding prior to reintroducing exercise. Starting slowly is necessary for the postnatal condition as the core is assessed through functional movements. Exercise is typically not high intensity at this time. Exercise will not undermine nursing. It can alleviate maternal frustrations by releasing endorphins- one of …