Dear Coach: Does Exercise Affect Milk Supply?
The first thing to understand is that there are many different types of exercise. Some are aerobic, some are resistance training, others involve strength training and still others involve flexibility training. All these types of exercise have their own benefits and risks. There is no one type of exercise that will work for everyone. Each person’s body needs to adapt to the specific type of exercise they do so it may not always be optimal for someone else.
For example, if you want to lose weight, then you would need to do more cardio than weights. If you want to get fit, then strength training might be better than cardio. And so forth. You don’t necessarily have to choose between them because each type of exercise works differently for different people.
However, most experts agree that any kind of regular physical activity helps with your overall health and well being.
There are also other factors that come into play when deciding whether or not to engage in any form of exercise. For instance, if you’re pregnant, exercising regularly during pregnancy can improve your baby’s health and even decrease the risk of having a low birth weight baby. Also, if you have diabetes or high blood pressure, then it’s best to avoid certain kinds of exercise which could put you at higher risk for developing those conditions.
So what is the point?
Well, the point is that everyone’s body is different so what works for one person may not work for you and vice versa. While exercise is good for everyone, it can be just as detrimental if not done properly. That’s why research and speaking with your doctor or midwife can help you find the best way to stay active while keeping you and baby safe and healthy.
Q: Does exercise affect milk supply?
A: I’ve been a runner for years and only recently had my second baby. My milk came in about two days after birth and I was very excited to start pumping and storing milk for my son. Turns out after a week of pumping I only had enough to fill half of an ounce measuring cup. I’ve now been told that I should stop running because it affects the milk supply. Is this true?
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