Presentation Information

Lindsey Reeves

Making Muscle and Milk: The Physiology of Exercise and Lactation

  • Speaker: Lindsey Reeves , MS, RD, LDN, IBCLC
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU

From lactic acid accumulation to maintaining milk supply, many questions arise when parents consider whether and how they will exercise while lactating. Exercise is considered safe and beneficial for all stages of life, even for most with a compromised health status. Yet, when it comes to lactation, many questions arise surrounding the impact of physical activity on lactation performance and milk composition. Research shows us that exercise helps to reduce inflammation, improve energy metabolism, increase blood circulation and immunity, boost the body’s ability to respond to stress, and impact the longevity and disease outcomes for individuals who make moving their bodies a long-term habit.
Each of these components of health plays a role in lactation performance and can greatly improve the outcome for lactating dyads. The importance of balanced nutrition in exercise and lactation performance is essential in maintaining an optimal environment for milk production and energy balance, especially for busy parents. In this session, we will discuss the impact of exercise and nutrition in lactation and declutter the conversation surrounding the frequency and intensity in which one should incorporate these practices into this season of life.