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runners who breastfeed? EnnaBennaBanana 2 kids; Maryland 6168 posts
20th Nov '12

I have a 3 year old son and am now pregnant with my second. I breastfed my son as a baby for about 3 months. Well I'd like to breastfeed longer if I can with my second son.. my question is, I enjoy to run daily and I want to know if running daily will be a problem with milk supply?



Ps. I also have a pituitary tumor that CAN grow from the hormones produced by breastfeeding. (although it doesn't always happen) So I will be watched by my doc if I decide and she said if it starts growing I will have to stop BFing.

It's Delivered 33 kids; Georgia 15057 posts
20th Nov '12

With the risk of the tumor growing wouldn't it be in your health's best interest to formula feed?



I'm not educated on what type of tumor that is.

It's so Fluffayy! Due March 17; 19 kids; Texas 4279 posts
20th Nov '12

I don't have an answer op but for some reason the title made me think of running breastfeeding zombies lol



Hope everything is okay

EnnaBennaBanana 2 kids; Maryland 6168 posts
20th Nov '12
Quoting It's Delivered:" With the risk of the tumor growing wouldn't it be in your health's best interest to formula feed? I'm not educated on what type of tumor that is."


It's a pituitary tumor and it's realllly small and I was on a medication along time ago that now has a lawsuit out for people getting pituitary tumors from it :/
Well anyhow once I stopped the medication the tumor stopped growing and effecting me all together, my doc keeps an eye on it but it hasn't been a problem in years. She let me know that SOMETIMES breastfeeding and the hormones from it can cause those tumors to grow, but it's not something that always happens so i would be watched and if it started to grow at all I would have to stop BFing.

Angela & Austin's Mama :) 2 kids; Wyoming 4998 posts
20th Nov '12

I have never had any problems. I ran a 30K shortly after my son turned one and was fine. Painful, but fine lol. He is almost 19 months and still nursing so my supply is well regulated. I just eased into running longer distances between nursing. Plus I started by taking his and DD with me in the double stroller in case he got hungry or I got full I could nurse him right there.
Just ease into it to see how you do and wait until your supply iswell regulated before you full on run. Maye just power walk or jog for awhile : )

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
20th Nov '12

Running shouldn't effect your suppy as long as you are drinking a TON of water. Like I have to feel like I'm drowning myself.
Running can, however, change the taste sonif can be bitter. Lactic acid and all that.

EnnaBennaBanana 2 kids; Maryland 6168 posts
20th Nov '12
Quoting MommaSav2:" Running shouldn't effect your suppy as long as you are drinking a TON of water. Like I have to feel like ... [snip!] ... I have to feel like I'm drowning myself. Running can, however, change the taste sonif can be bitter. Lactic acid and all that."


Ok awesome! A friend told me I'd have to quit running if I wanted to BF long and it was depressing me. Thanks for this. I drink lots of water anyways so that's good to know thanks!

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
20th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting EnnaBennaBanana:</b>" Ok awesome! A friend told me I'd have to quit running if I wanted to BF long and it was depressing me. Thanks for this. I drink lots of water anyways so that's good to know thanks!"</blockquote>



No problem, but like the previous poster said easing into it by jogging shorter distances for a bit is a good idea. Especially if you don't keep running steadily through the pregnancy.
And I actually have a condition that causes me to grow rumors in my hands and and wrists, my specialist told me the same thing, that the hormones from pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause them to grow, but I'm still breastfeeding my 22 month old daughter (and 16 weeks pregnant, and still running!) and have never had any issues or growth with the tumors.