Will my milk supply be affected if I exercise?
It depends what the exercise is. Women with babies have always worked - they couldn't afford not to. Often this work involved fairly strenuous manual labor. We also feel better when we get exercise, and this is certainly good for both mother and baby.
Some important points to bear in mind are:
- Wait until the baby is at least 6 weeks old or more.
- Start the exercise slowly and gradually.
- Be sure to consume liquids to replace those lost by sweating.
- Some kinds of exercise can be done with baby.
- Walking briskly, mild aerobic exercises and water exercises are ideal in the beginning.
- Other good exercises for later on are swimming and aerobics.
- Don't do too much! It will tire you too much and take you away for too long; if you want to breastfeed, you need to be there.
Recommended Reading: Our resource page on Exercising and Breastfeeding.