nursing and running…advice?

My baby boy is over two weeks old now and he is a dream.  He is eating great (already more than a pound bigger than when he was born!), sleeping well, giving me smiles and snuggles.  In so many ways I can’t believe he is “only” 2 weeks old and in others it seems like he just got here.  I am so blessed.

It has been a wild week.  My 4 year old son Will came down with a high fever and stomach bug last week.  It lasted a day and thankfully he made a quick recovery and the rest of us stayed healthy.  Then 5 days later he came down with another high fever (almost 104 degrees), a cough and yucky nose.  Virus number 2 in a week…My husband also returned to work this week so I began my adventures of managing all three kids on my own while dealing with this virus.  It is a true juggling act — balancing caring for my sick 4 year old  while also caring for my newborn and protecting him from the nasty virus.  Tough stuff.  Oh aaand we are getting a new roof put on our home today which just adds to the chaos.  It is not quiet around this house.

It is a beautiful morning though.  70 degrees in the middle of February.  Aaaahhh.  Yesterday I wore the baby and pushed Will on his trike through the neighborhood.  It was delightful.  Being outside in the fresh air does wonders for the body and spirit.  I can’t wait to run free out there.  Amidst the craziness of life I am finding myself dreaming about my return to running every day.  I am SO ready to get on those trails again…but I have to wait until my body is recovered enough for that and the truth is that will probably be another week or so from now, at least.

I am thinking about it though…and I have some questions maybe you guys can help me with.  I am a nursing mom and my baby LOVES.TO.EAT.  This is awesome.  But my boobs are quite … ahem … shall we say, LARGE.  They are easily the size of small watermelons.  No joke.  And this is coming from someone who is NOT usually a very well endowed gal.  So I think I will need to buy new sports bras and perhaps double up on them.  I will feed the baby or pump prior to all of my runs.  I will have to hydrate extra well to keep my milk supply going strong…does anyone out there (all 27 of you!!) have experience running as a nursing momma?  I would love any advice or strategies you have that have worked well for you.  I plan to nurse my baby for a minimum of one year and hopefully longer than that.  I plan to be running all the while once my body gives me the green light to get started.  I want to do this intelligently and care for my baby and my body as best I can, so I am seeking good advice from other running mommies out there with the same priorities.

Thanks so much and HAPPY FRIDAY!!

4 thoughts on “nursing and running…advice?

  1. Unfortunately this was not something I could do without many many breast infections! I took me three times to learn but I finally did. I had to just take it easy, wear the same top/bra, do lots of yoga, breathe and stay stress free or I had mastitis in a blink! 6 times with my first one and 6 with my second in 6 months. I ran with the first two and then learned and with the third I just did yoga and stair master. I know lots of women who do it though…just take it easy, think happy thoughts, stay relaxed, drink lots of water, don't wear too tight of a bra. How exciting. So glad you adjusting fin. What a joyful time in life!! Happy Friday to you too Jessica!

  2. Not only water – but make sure to refuel soon after a run. The handful of times that I've been running, I've nursed before going out and I haven't had any problems. The first time I ran, I didn't eat for a few hours after and my milk supply suffered (for the day – then it came back), so just make sure to get the fuel/calories to keep it going! 🙂

  3. I have nursed my first…but sadly I wasn't an avid runner then….but also I am a nurse practitioner now, but my love of nursing was 6 years in labor and delivery and post partum! Saying all that to say, you seem to have a solid knowlege base for the ins and outs of it. Your calorie consumption is going to depend largely on 'how it goes' There are guidelines but all moms who have nursed know that it is all relative. When your supply decreases, no one sleeps, and crying is all around! Calories in and water…

    as for the bra…my mom bought me the mother of all sports bras after I had my daughter. It is by Victoria's secret and is a pricey bra! I think it was like $60. but it is Fantastic!!! I still run in it to this day. it is the 'shock absorber' it is a padded racerback sports bra…the kicker is that on both sides under your arms…there are 'latches'clasp, whatever you want to call them…this allows you to be able to get it on and then hook them up….I never had any bounce before as my chest was saline filled and bras were not necessary and prior to that…I was almost a boy! lol! Anyway, I think that my mom feared I would not loose my weight and she bought the bra as encrouagement. I did run some but not like i do now. The hard part is just getting it over them…but once on…you WILL not regret it…plus the engorgement taht you could experience with jiggling on even a short run could be a deal breaker! So I highly recommend it.

    Plus it is sized by your cup size just like a regular bra!

    Good luck!

  4. thanks ladies — all great advice and i appreciate it so much :o) i will let you know how it goes as i adjust to running while nursing the bambino. but first everyone in my house has to be healthy again – we are all sick!

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