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Old Apr 27th, 2013, 03:14 AM   1
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Exercise and milk supply


Does exercise make a difference in the quality of your milk? I wasn't doing any until 2 weeks ago and I wasn't dieting either. I was eating a ton to be honest. My baby was waking once or twice a night. I started playing Just Dance on my wii for 30 mins a day. It makes me sweat but doesn't tire me out or anything. I also take long walks several times a week. Last week I have been counting my calories and keeping them around 1800-2000 net. I have lost a pound finally! My scale has been stuck for months. But now that I look back my lo's sleep started getting really crappy around that time. He started waking every 1.5-2 hours. He's now doing one 5 hour stretch and then every 2.5-3 hours so its not too bad but did I cause a drop in my supply? Should I start eating fattier again? His weight gain did slow, only 2 oz last week but he seems happy.



 
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Old Apr 27th, 2013, 07:35 AM   2
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No, exercise won't affect your milk and neither will dieting unless you really restrict your calories, in which case it would make you feel ill/tired before it affected your milk.



 
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Old Apr 27th, 2013, 08:00 AM   3
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Nope!



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Old Apr 27th, 2013, 08:04 AM   4
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Not effect at all for me. Besides making me a happier girl!



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Old Apr 27th, 2013, 08:27 AM   5
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It must be just a coincidence then. He's so fussy at the boob now. I'll eat some oatmeal anyways.



 
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Old Apr 27th, 2013, 09:24 AM   6
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... He started waking every 1.5-2 hours. He's now doing one 5 hour stretch and then every 2.5-3 hours...
You are still a happy girl!!! Wish we had such a nice sleep routine...
I returned to exercises after 3 months and did not notice any change in the milk supply.



 
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Old Apr 27th, 2013, 10:45 AM   7
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He goes to sleep around 6:30 so I don't get a 5 hour sleep. I wish!



 
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Old Apr 28th, 2013, 00:37 AM   8
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Rigorous hardcore exercise can result in a build-up of lactic acid in your breast milk, but for those few women who do exercise that strenuously most babies don't mind the slightly off-taste.

I don't think the exercise would be effecting your baby's sleep



 
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Old Apr 28th, 2013, 07:55 AM   9
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Just my experience, but with both babies, i resumed jogging and cycling on a daily basis once they turned two months. And in both cases, they have/are tracking along their percentile consistently in both weight and height.

As confident as i sound, i too constantly second-guess myself. But what reassures me is their nappy output. As long as your baby is pooing and weeing good amounts, milk supply wouldn't be an issue.



 
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Old Apr 28th, 2013, 14:19 PM   10
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I never noticed a decrease in milk supply but on the days I don't eat as well, it seems like she's not as satisfied when she eats. I sometimes wonder about the quality of the milk on those days.

Is it like us filling up on crackers or a plate of chicken with a side of cheese covered broccoli? The equation still equals a full stomach but one makes you happier than the other.



 
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