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Physical Activity and Breastfeeding

August 13, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

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mom and dad running, mom pushing two babies in stroller

 

 

Physical activity is healthy after giving birth, as long as you don't overdo it.  

And don't worry - it won't cause any problems with breastfeeding. 


Physical activity doesn't affect the amount or quality of breast milk you make and won't affect the growth of your baby if you're breastfeeding. In rare cases, intense physical activity can cause an increase in lactic acid in breast milk and the baby may not like the taste. 

If your baby doesn't feed well after you've done intense physical activity:

  • slow down
  • feed your baby before the activity
  • express breast milk before the activity and give it to your baby afterwards
  • try feeding your baby again a short time later

Remember - your breast milk is the best food for your baby.


Resources & Links:
HealthLink BC: Fitness: Getting and Staying Active

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Comments (1)

AliceJones

Posted on Thursday November 12, 2015 a 9:00pm

I agree with this. At least for 6 months baby's food should be moms breast milk only. It is very effective for new born baby and works like a medicine also.

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