Exercise in moderation, can improve a mother’s health and has a positive effect on her emotional general well-being.
It improves cardiovascular fitness and enhances the relationship between mother and baby.
As exercise increases energy levels it also reduced stress levels, giving the mother a feeling of wellbeing and can help alleviate symptoms of depression, in women with major psychological disorders.
It also enhances blood lipid profile and insulin response.
Research has shown that moderate exercise does not affect breastmilk composition, the mothers supply, or baby’s growth. Exercising to exhaustion may have a short-term effect on lactic acid and IgA content of a mother’s milk. Neither does it affect the nutrient content in the breastmilk.
Suggestions for exercise while breastfeeding
It is recommended that mothers wear a good supportive bra for her own comfort.
Breastfeed before you commence exercising.
As exercise leaves sweat on the skin, some mothers have found it
helpful to rinse off the breast, or shower before a feed, as their baby may not like the salty taste.
Mothers who undertake repetitive exercising, involving arm
movement, (eg lifting weights), sometime develop blocked
Ensure you keep yourself well hydrated whilst exercising.