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Physical Activity and Breastfeeding


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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

Last Updated: August 13, 2013