A typical day for Elisette Carlson is go-go-go. A busy public relations representative (she founded SMACK! Media ), marathoner, and endurance athlete, she likes to get up with the sun and get sweating right off the bat. That all got a lot harder to do when her son, Andrew, was born.
“I’ve always been an early bird and enjoy my workouts first thing, but motherhood changes that,” she says. “Timing felt so challenging. Everything revolved around the clock—and because I had a NICU baby who struggled with latching, it was important for me to breastfeed him rather than pump and give him a bottle.”
It wasn’t impossible: Carlson got back in the saddle a few days after getting the go-ahead for exercise from her doctor, six weeks post-childbirth. But cycling again did take some tweaks, like getting up earlier to nurse beforehand and heading out on new paths that kept her closer to home (and closer to her baby).
Timing your workouts is just one of the challenges you might come across as a new nursing mother. Read on for expert advice about when to schedule your rides , what to wear, and more to help you get in back in the saddle and support your breastfeeding routine at once. Decide When to Ride
The best time to get back on your bike is whatever time, day or night, that feels right for you. “There aren’t any research studies that investigate how timing of workouts might affect milk supply,” says […]