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Exercise When Breastfeeding


    • As long as you maintain adequate fluid intake, moderate physical activity will not affect the quality or quantity of breast milk that you produce.


    • Begin exercise gradually with gentle activities like walking, stretching, doing pelvic floor exercises, yoga or bike riding.  You can increase the intensity and duration of the exercise as you feel ready.
    • Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise to keep you well hydrated to support breastfeeding.  Keep an eye on your urine volume and colour - a small volume of dark coloured urine is a sign of poor hydration.
    • Wear a supportive bra (external) and for added comfort, exercise soon after you breastfeed when your breasts are not so full.
    • Wear breast pads if milk leakage whilst exercising is a problem.
  • If you have any concerns, contact your doctor or child health nurse for advice. 


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