|Let’s talk about breastfeeding and postpartum healing, and how they may or may not go hand in hand. This is a definite “it depends” topic!
I got a great question in our free AlphaMamas Facebook group this week. It’s a question that comes up A LOT, so I’m answering it here!
“I am 5 months pp and breastfeeding. After purchasing I started looking through the Facebook posts and I have seen several posts mentioning that progress cannot be made if breastfeeding. It is pointless to do the exercises if I will be breastfeeding for the next 7 months?”
This is such an important question! The answer is a resounding no, core rehab exercises are essential during the breastfeeding journey. BUT, that doesn’t mean all mamas will fully improve their diastasis recti while breastfeeding. Let me explain.
First of all, breastfeeding or not, it’s never too early to start core rehab exercises. Even if you totally and completely bounced right back after your pregnancy with no visible changes, I promise you, your core is not the same after having a baby, and every mom can benefit from rehab work.
But even though core work is always beneficial, you might not see the visible results of the core work until your breastfeeding journey is over. Every mom is soooo different and many moms do lose weight and strengthen their muscles while breastfeeding. Others find it difficult due to the levels of relaxin they are producing. You won’t know until you try!
It’s important to be aware of the potential impact breastfeeding can have on diastasis recti healing.
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But, if you are breastfeeding, don’t give up on core work before you’ve even tried! We’ve had thousands of moms get great success in the first 4 weeks of the Core Corrective program even while breastfeeding. Give it a try and be consistent!
Just remember the core work we do in the programs is never wasted. Even if you don’t see outward change to your body while breastfeeding, your muscles are getting the workout they need and when the breastfeeding is over, you’d be surprised how quickly you can heal because of the work you put in in the meantime! It’s NEVER a waste to work on core strength. You will be banking muscle memory and good breathing habits that will do wonders for your core strength. Whether it pays off right away or a little longer out.
Additionally, breastfeeding is not always a detriment to postpartum healing! There are a ton of moms who drop weight super fast because of breastfeeding, and are able to regain core strength in a matter of weeks. But if that’s not you, that doesn’t mean it never will be.
And, here’s an interesting tidbit: After my twins were born, I was able to vastly improve my 4 finger DR gap even while breastfeeding. Then with my third baby, my gap didn’t budge nor did the extra 15 pounds until the breastfeeding was over. So your body can even do different things after different pregnancies! The key is to be patient and give yourself grace no matter how fast or slow the process is for you. Just remember that exercise is never a waste. It’s always beneficial even if the results aren’t visible. Your muscles are still benefitting and you may be surprised how quickly your body heals after breastfeeding. If it doesn’t heal as fast as you’d like during breastfeeding, KEEP GOING!
Here’s the good news about breastfeeding and postpartum healing – if you’re breastfeeding and working on healing your body at the same time, doing all the right exercises, and eating well, but the weight doesn’t seem to budge and your diastasis doesn’t seem to be healing, be encouraged that it’s still possible to achieve total healing when the breastfeeding ends. Some moms have to consider the day they stop breastfeeding as “day 1” of their healing timeline. Give yourself some grace and remember, breastfeeding is a season, it is not forever. You will feel like yourself again!
If you’re looking for the right place to start your postpartum healing journey, breastfeeding or not, the Core Corrective is perfect for you.
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