Just because you train for a triathlon doesn't mean that you cannot continue nursing your young ones. It just takes a bit more of a purposeful scheduling, an appropriate eating plan and listening to your body.
Workout SchedulingNursing while training takes special and purposeful scheduling. It is recommended to pump right before leaving for your training time to have supply to baby to be fed (unless baby wants to eat prior), and to reduce the sensitivity and fullness of your breasts during workout. As soon as I finish the workout, I shower, then pump again. Your timing of pumping or feeding will depend on baby's needs and schedule. Having a good-bra is also crucial to helping reduce any injury to your breasts - check out the recommended list here.
Health PlanI am not a health expert, but I have followed the outlined plan with the guidance of my own health professional. Always seek guidance from yours. By using this plan below, I am able to maintain my nursing supply to feed the now-four month old, nourish my body's needs and trim some of the pregnancy weight.
- 25 net carbs on rest days
- Ratio of 40% protein, 30% vegetables, 30% carbs on workout days
- MotherLove Mothers Milk Tablets
- 16 ounces of water before every snack (this is on top of the regular water intake)
- Eat every 3 hours with high protein (nuts, jerky)