C.P. asks from Tampa, FL on July 16, 2008
Jogging Nursing Bras
Can anyone recommend a great nursing bra that can be worn to walk/run in an won't stop milkflow?
M.G. answers from Fort Myers on July 17, 2008
Make sure you are drinking enough and I would almost ask your doctor if your ready to start jogging yet!! I would almost wait until your six week check up. Your body just went through a great ordeal. Your baby is only 2 weeks old. I would think that you need a little time to heal.
C.C. answers from Tampa on July 17, 2008
I am an avid runner and started back one week after giving birth. That's not necessarily a good idea for everyone, though it had no ill effects on me. I *did* start back VERY gradually, even though I ran up until the end of the pregnancy. I wore regular jog bras, but just bought a size bigger because the boobs were huge. As far as supply, the main issues are hydration and eating enough. Breastfeeding requires a lot of calories, in addition to any you may burn though exercise. I was eating so much, just to sustain my milk supply and my activity level. I know it is tempting to cut calories to lose weight at this point, but it will backfire. Good luck!
L.P. answers from Tampa on July 17, 2008
hey C.!!!! it's laura! haha! i will ask my doc today--have a sono apt!
R.R. answers from Sarasota on August 15, 2008
I have a sports bra that gives me the most support I've ever had. I do a lot of running and jumping etc in our StrollerFit classes and this bra lets me not "budge" at all. It is an Enell Sports Bra and was supposedly seen on the Oprah Show and highly recommended by Oprah.
The website is http://www.ladiesonlysports.com type in Enell in the search box and go to the Enell Serious Support. They are a bit expensive but fabulous and I used them while nursing and had no problems. Remember to drink plenty of water (even more than you normally would) being outside in this heat exercising.
Hope this helps.
H.B. answers from Tampa on July 17, 2008
I would make sure you are drinking LOTS of water, next to nursing on demand, it is the best way to keep supply up. Additionally, you can take Fenugreek capsules up to 3x a day, which increase milk in many moms, also coconut milk and Red Raspberry Leaf tea works well for many. It is likely that you just experienced the typical evening depletion...it happens with most moms. The heaviest supply is first thing in the am and mid am, then in the evening the suply is usually lower and slowly comes back up as approaching morning. Keep nursing on demand whenever your baby begins to show signs of being hungry. Keep up the good work and don't worry! If you are health conscious, you know that you are giving your new baby the very best thing that they can get...Mommy Milk! Way to go and keep it up! I recommend joining and online nursing support egroup (they are soooo valuable in your long term success!) and possibly attending support groups such as the one help at Morton Plant in Clearwater or even a Le Leche League meeting. Yo get lots of great advice and answers and support from other like-minded moms (most Dr's, unless they are very nursing-friendly don't give very good nursing advice, after all it's the formula companies that give them $!)
M.M. answers from Orlando on July 18, 2008
Hey there! I find that regular sports bras work best. Be sure to hydrate extra when you exercise. One main thing that can decrease milk flow is dehydration. I make a point to drink water every time I nurse and double when I exercise.
As for a good nursing bra....I'm sure it depends on the size/shape of your breasts...but I found that the motherhood maternity bras were not supportive at all if you are larger. I'm 36 F and even though it fit, my boobs would fall out the front...which doesn't look good or offer any support. Anyway, the bravado bras are great and VERY supportive. They're kind of pricey...but well worth it!
K.A. answers from Tampa on July 16, 2008
Motherhood Maternity has some really great nursing athletic bras. Plus after you have been nursing your baby for a few weeks, you should also be able to use a regular nursing bra. Just use the nursing pads during exercise. Then switch to a regular nursing bra afterwards.
Best of luck to you and your baby.