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What You Need to Know About the Impact of Workouts on Breastfeeding

There are some myths out there around impact of workouts on breastfeeding. Let's set the record straight.
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Breastfeeding is amazing.

There are so many benefits breastfeeding is providing for the baby and for the mother.

Breastfeeding is providing your baby with all essential nutrients for the most part of their first year. It protects her from diseases and help to prevents them.

It is also very important in the emotional development of your baby, giving them reassurance when needed.

Breastfeeding has many medical benefits for the mothers too but is with no doubt, one of the most difficult jobs our body needs to do.

After we give birth, many new moms want to start exercising and get into some kind of fitness, but they are often unsure is it safe to workout while breastfeeding or what kind of exercises they can do?

Here is all you need to know about fitness and breastfeeding.

It is safe to workout and breastfeed!

Yes! It is completely safe to breastfeed and exercise. Exercising will do no harm to the baby and will have a big positive impact on moms.

Regular exercise is increasing levels of serotonin – the hormone of happiness. This will have a positive impact on mom’s mood and can help in the prevention of postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety.

Don’t forget: “Happy mom, happy baby!”

There are studies saying that there can be increased levels of lactic acid in breastmilk when exercising and that the same can affect a baby.

It is important to know that lactic acid will appear in breastmilk only after vigorous exercise or when exercising until exhaustion.

Most of the breastfeeding moms starting with working out will not exercise until exhaustion.

In case you do and lactic acid does appear in your breastmilk, it is important to know that it’s completely safe to breastfeed your baby and lactic acid is not the reason not to breastfeed or delay feeding.

There is a possibility that the baby will refuse breastmilk because of the different taste caused by lactic acid, but this is happening very rarely.

You can solve this to take it slowly when you exercise or to just wait 20-30 minutes after exercise to breastfeed until lactic acid disappears from your milk.

Exercising has no effect on your supply

Exercising will not make you lose your supply because breastmilk is made on rules of demand. How much milk is taken out of the breast, that amount is produced once again.

So, as long as your baby is breastfeeding regularly, on-demand, your supply will not drop.

But, it is very important for breastfeeding moms to take care of their nutrition so they can provide their body enough nutrients to function properly.

Breastfeeding alone has a big demand for women’s body, and when you add exercise, you realize that your body is doing even greater tasks.

A balanced diet will suffice in that the body will have all it needs for normal operation.

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast, eat a balanced diet, increase your protein intake and don’t forget to drink enough water so you can stay hydrated.

It is too easy to forget to drink, and with all breastfeeding and sweating caused from exercising, you can easily become dehydrated.

Make sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day so you are well hydrated.

USEFUL TO READ: Do you drink enough water? 7 benefits of good hydration you should know about!

Try to get rest as often as you can and follow the cues of your body. Don’t overdo in your fitness regimen.

Invest in a good bra

One of the most important things for breastfeeding moms getting back to exercise is a good and supportive bra.

A good bra will make all the difference for your comfort while exercising supporting your breasts and it will help to prevent mastitis or plugged ducts. Also, it is very important to take it off after a workout.

For your own comfort, try to breastfeed your baby before you start working out. You will have empty breasts and it will be easier to move around, and your baby will have full tummy while you do your thing.

Breastfeeding will help with weight loss!

Breastfeeding is a demanding job.

Your body is burning up to 600 extra calories per day while breastfeeding. That is why breastfeeding can also be a great ally in getting back to your desired weight.

Be aware that while your body is burning extra calories on breastfeeding it’s not the best time to do any kind of dieting and cutting daily calorie intake. While breastfeeding you shouldn’t eat less than 2000 calories per day.

To be sure that you are losing fat choose whole, healthy food, avoid junk food, sweets and treats and avoid drinking sugary drinks.

Can I take supplements while breastfeeding?

While exercising and breastfeeding is completely compatible, not all fitness supplements are. Before you decide to take any supplement just remember that it could affect your baby too.

In rare occasions, supplements are needed to achieve good results in fitness. You can achieve excellent results with no supplements, just by eating healthy and working hard.

Supplements that are common and are mostly safe are multivitamins, omega 3, magnesium oil for muscles and some basic protein powder.

Remember to check for hidden ingredients and don’t be afraid to skip your supplements regimen, or just wait for a while.

So, you can start exercising while breastfeeding your baby whenever you’re ready, just remember:

  • Follow your body’s cues while working out, don’t overdo it
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet, choose whole foods and avoid junk food
  • Don’t do strict dieting while breastfeeding
  • Stay hydrated, drink at least 8 glasses of water per day
  • Breastfeed before your workout to prevent hard breast while exercising and possible plugged ducts
  • Buy a good and supportive bra
  • Be careful with supplements you’re taking before you decide to take any check if it’s compatible with breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is not something that should affect your normal activities and there is no reason not to work out and exercise.

With a little bit of planning, you can start exercising with no fear for your baby.

USEFUL TO READ: Supplements in pregnancy – all you need to know

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Renata Sanko

Renata Sanko

Certified postnatal specialist and a personal trainer with years spent on education and research on how to help women heal their body after birth. I have dedicated myself to help other women regain and heal their body after having a baby...

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This is the privacy notice of The Kangaroo Method & Fit by Reny. In this document, “we”, “our”, or “us” refer to The Kangaroo Family Limited trading as The Kangaroo Method and Fit by Reny, 5 Annfield Court, Dublin 15, Ireland, a company registered in Ireland, company registration number 669766 and all our websites including thekangaroomethod.com and fitbyreny.com and all its subdomains.

Introduction

  1. This is a notice to inform you of our policy about all information that we record about you. It sets out the conditions under which we may process any information that we collect from you, or that you provide to us. It covers information that could identify you (“personal information”) and information that could not. In the context of the law and this notice, “process” means collect, store, transfer, use or otherwise act on information.
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  5. Our policy complies with the Data Protection Act 2018 (Act) accordingly incorporating the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
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  7. Except as set out below, we do not share, or sell, or disclose to a third party, any information collected through our website.

The bases on which we process information about you

The law requires us to determine under which of six defined bases we process different categories of your personal information, and to notify you of the basis for each category.

If a basis on which we process your personal information is no longer relevant then we shall immediately stop processing your data.

If the basis changes then if required by law we shall notify you of the change and of any new basis under which we have determined that we can continue to process your information.

1. Information we process because we have a contractual obligation with you

When you create an account on our website, buy a product or service from us, or otherwise agree to our terms and conditions, a contract is formed between you and us.

In order to carry out our obligations under that contract we must process the information you give us. Some of this information may be personal information.

We may use it in order to:

  • verify your identity for security purposes
  • sell products to you
  • provide you with our services
  • provide you with suggestions and advice on products, services and how to obtain the most from using our website

We process this information on the basis there is a contract between us, or that you have requested we use the information before we enter into a legal contract.

Additionally, we may aggregate this information in a general way and use it to provide class information, for example to monitor our performance with respect to a particular service we provide. If we use it for this purpose, you as an individual will not be personally identifiable.

We shall continue to process this information until the contract between us ends or is terminated by either party under the terms of the contract.

2. Information we process with your consent

Through certain actions when otherwise there is no contractual relationship between us, such as when you browse our website or ask us to provide you more information about our business, including our products and services, you provide your consent to us to process information that may be personal information.

Wherever possible, we aim to obtain your explicit consent to process this information, for example, by asking you to agree to our use of cookies.

Sometimes you might give your consent implicitly, such as when you send us a message by e-mail to which you would reasonably expect us to reply.

Except where you have consented to our use of your information for a specific purpose, we do not use your information in any way that would identify you personally. We may aggregate it in a general way and use it to provide class information, for example to monitor the performance of a particular page on our website.

If you have given us explicit permission to do so, we may from time to time pass your name and contact information to selected associates whom we consider may provide services or products you would find useful.

We continue to process your information on this basis until you withdraw your consent or it can be reasonably assumed that your consent no longer exists.

You may withdraw your consent at any time by instructing us at [email protected] However, if you do so, you may not be able to use our website or our services further.

3. Information we process for the purposes of legitimate interests

We may process information on the basis there is a legitimate interest, either to you or to us, of doing so.

Where we process your information on this basis, we do after having given careful consideration to:

  • whether the same objective could be achieved through other means
  • whether processing (or not processing) might cause you harm
  • whether you would expect us to process your data, and whether you would, in the round, consider it reasonable to do so

For example, we may process your data on this basis for the purposes of:

  • record-keeping for the proper and necessary administration of Fit by Reny & The Kangaroo Method
  • responding to unsolicited communication from you to which we believe you would expect a response
  • protecting and asserting the legal rights of any party
  • insuring against or obtaining professional advice that is required to manage Fit by Reny & The Kangaroo Method
  • protecting your interests where we believe we have a duty to do so.

4. Information we process because we have a legal obligation

We are subject to the law like everyone else. Sometimes, we must process your information in order to comply with a statutory obligation.

For example, we may be required to give information to legal authorities if they so request or if they have the proper authorisation such as a search warrant or court order.

This may include your personal information.

 

Specific uses of information you provide to us

 

5. Information provided on the understanding that it will be shared with a third party

Our website allows you to post information with a view to that information being read, copied, downloaded, or used by other people.

Examples include:

  • posting a comment or forum message
  • tagging an image
  • clicking on an icon next to another visitor’s message to convey your agreement, disagreement or thanks

In posting personal information, it is up to you to satisfy yourself about the privacy level of every person who might use it.

We do store it, and we reserve a right to use it in the future in any way we decide.

Once your information enters the public domain, we have no control over what any individual third party may do with it. We accept no responsibility for their actions at any time.

Provided your request is reasonable and there is no legal basis for us to retain it, then at our discretion we may agree to your request to delete personal information that you have posted. You can make a request by contacting us at [email protected]

6. Complaints regarding content on our website

We attempt to moderate user generated content, but we are not always able to do so as soon as that content is published.

If you complain about any of the content on our website, we shall investigate your complaint.

If we feel it is justified or if we believe the law requires us to do so, we shall remove the content while we investigate.

Free speech is a fundamental right, so we have to make a judgment as to whose right will be obstructed: yours, or that of the person who posted the content that offends you.

If we think your complaint is vexatious or without any basis, we shall not correspond with you about it.

7. Sending a message to our support team

When you contact us, whether by telephone, through our website or by e-mail, we collect the data you have given to us in order to reply with the information you need.

We record your request and our reply in order to increase the efficiency of our business.

We keep personally identifiable information associated with your message, such as your name and email address so as to be able to track our communications with you to provide a high quality service.

8. Complaining

When we receive a complaint, we record all the information you have given to us.

We use that information to resolve your complaint.

If your complaint reasonably requires us to contact some other person, we may decide to give to that other person some of the information contained in your complaint. We do this as infrequently as possible, but it is a matter for our sole discretion as to whether we do give information, and if we do, what that information is.

We may also compile statistics showing information obtained from this source to assess the level of service we provide, but not in a way that could identify you or any other person.

Use of information we collect through automated systems when you visit our website

 

9. Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer’s hard drive by your web browser when you visit any website. They allow information gathered on one web page to be stored until it is needed for use on another, allowing a website to provide you with a personalised experience and the website owner with statistics about how you use the website so that it can be improved.

Some cookies may last for a defined period of time, such as one day or until you close your browser. Others last indefinitely.

Your web browser should allow you to delete any you choose. It also should allow you to prevent or limit their use.

Our website uses cookies. They are placed by software that operates on our servers, and by software operated by third parties whose services we use.

When you first visit our website, we ask you whether you wish us to use cookies. If you choose not to accept them, we shall not use them for your visit except to record that you have not consented to their use for any other purpose.

If you choose not to use cookies or you prevent their use through your browser settings, you will not be able to use all the functionality of our website.

We use cookies in the following ways:

  • to track how you use our website
  • to record whether you have seen specific messages we display on our website
  • to keep you signed in our site
  • to record your answers to surveys and questionnaires on our site while you complete them
  • to record the conversation thread during a live chat with our support team

Please read our Cookies Policy to find more info about cookies we use and how they are used.

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10. Personal identifiers from your browsing activity

Requests by your web browser to our servers for web pages and other content on our website are recorded.

We record information such as your geographical location, your Internet service provider and your IP address. We also record information about the software you are using to browse our website, such as the type of computer or device and the screen resolution.

We use this information in aggregate to assess the popularity of the webpages on our website and how we perform in providing content to you.

If combined with other information we know about you from previous visits, the data possibly could be used to identify you personally, even if you are not signed in to our website.

11. Our use of re-marketing

Re-marketing involves placing a cookie on your computer when you browse our website in order to be able to serve to you an advert for our products or services when you visit some other website.

We may use a third party to provide us with re-marketing services from time to time. If so, then if you have consented to our use of cookies, you may see advertisements for our products and services on other websites.

Disclosure and sharing of your information

 

12. Information we obtain from third parties

Although we do not disclose your personal information to any third party (except as set out in this notice), we sometimes receive data that is indirectly made up from your personal information from third parties whose services we use.

13. Third party advertising on our website

Third parties may advertise on our website. In doing so, those parties, their agents or other companies working for them may use technology that automatically collects information about you when their advertisement is displayed on our website.

They may also use other technology such as cookies or JavaScript to personalise the content of, and to measure the performance of their adverts.

We do not have control over these technologies or the data that these parties obtain. Accordingly, this privacy notice does not cover the information practices of these third parties.

14. Data may be processed outside the European Union

Our websites are hosted in United States of America.

We may also use outsourced services in countries outside the European Union from time to time in other aspects of our business.

Accordingly, data obtained within Ireland or any other country could be processed outside the European Union.

For example, some of the software our website uses may have been developed in the United States of America or in another country.

We use the following safeguards with respect to data transferred outside the European Union:

  • We only work with industry-standard providers and services such as Google, Facebook, Drip, Vimeo, MemberPress, ThriveCart or similar.
  • We make sure that every service we use in this respect is GDPR compliant themselves, based on their self-declaration provided via their website.

Access to your own information

 

15. Access to your personal information

  • At any time, you may review or update personally identifiable information that we hold about you, by signing in to your account on our website.
  • To obtain a copy of any information that is not provided on our website you may send us a request at [email protected]
  • After receiving the request, we will tell you when we expect to provide you with the information, and whether we require any fee for providing it to you.

16. Removal of your information

If you wish us to remove personally identifiable information from our website, you may contact us at [email protected]

This may limit the service we can provide to you.

17. Verification of your information

When we receive any request to access, edit or delete personal identifiable information we shall first take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting you access or otherwise taking any action. This is important to safeguard your information.

Other matters

 

18. Use of site by children

  • We do not sell products or provide services for purchase by children, nor do we market to children.
  • If you are under 18, you may use our website only with consent from a parent or guardian

19. Encryption of data sent between us

We use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates to verify our identity to your browser and to encrypt any data you give us.

Whenever information is transferred between us, you can check that it is done so using SSL by looking for a closed padlock symbol or other trust mark in your browser’s URL bar or toolbar.

20. How you can complain

  • If you are not happy with our privacy policy or if have any complaint then you should tell us by email. Our address is [email protected]
  • If a dispute is not settled then we hope you will agree to attempt to resolve it by engaging in good faith with us in a process of mediation or arbitration.
  • If you are in any way dissatisfied about how we process your personal information, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Commissioner in Ireland. This can be done at https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/complaints/1592.htm

21. Retention period for personal data

Except as otherwise mentioned in this privacy notice, we keep your personal information only for as long as required by us:

  • to provide you with the services you have requested;
  • to comply with other law, including for the period demanded by our tax authorities;
  • to support a claim or defence in court.

22. Compliance with the law

Our privacy policy has been compiled so as to comply with the law of every country or legal jurisdiction in which we aim to do business. If you think it fails to satisfy the law of your jurisdiction, we should like to hear from you.

However, ultimately it is your choice as to whether you wish to use our website.

23. Review of this Privacy Policy

We may update this privacy notice from time to time as necessary. The terms that apply to you are those posted here on our website on the day you use our website. We advise you to print a copy for your records.

If you have any question regarding our privacy policy, please contact us.

This Privacy Policy was last updated in April 2020.

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