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Any Nursing Mother Crossfitters with tips on making it work?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 30, 2010 at 8:54 PM

So, I've been reading the stories of avid Crossfitters for a while. I am really intrigued, but I'm at a loss for how nursing mothers would make it work. In my case, for the next few years, I'll be either a) nursing, or b) pregnant, so if I ever did Crossfit, I'd probably have to take it on while nursing.

So how can the mother of a nursing infant make Crossfit work? I am curious to read tips from anybody who has made it happen. Areas of interest within this question:

  • Athletic wear for nursing moms, esp. effective sports bras that will keep you supported through burpees, rope jumping, etc. I mean really effective.

  • Navigating the early-morning workouts and nursing schedules. My husband is often out the door for work before we are even awake. I could get out the door even earlier while he's still home and the girls are asleep, but those of you who have breastfed know how early morning unnursed breasts can be painfully full. Workarounds?

  • Any other dynamics you had to navigate to make it work!

Thanks.

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on March 16, 2013
at 01:03 PM

I second the Enell. It is hard to get out of, but hopefully you aren't going to nurse in the middle of a WOD! It's the only thing I could exercise in with milk heavy boobs.

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(12379)

on January 28, 2011
at 10:42 PM

These bras are the absolute best - your girls wont go anywhere when wearing them - they take a while to get in and out of but they are worth the effort and the price tag. One word of advice - put in the leak pads beacuase the compression plus the effort of the workout can cause milk leaks!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on December 30, 2010
at 11:44 PM

Hee hee...first thing I associate with MacGyver? Duct tape. Thanks for the laugh. :)

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on December 30, 2010
at 10:24 PM

I'm a mother of 3. I've been a crossfitter since my 2nd was 3. Now she's 5 and I've added a 3rd. I've crossfitted through a pregnancy (crossfitmom.com) and now, while breastfeeding. My youngest is 11 mos. I started back to crossfit when he was 2 weeks old.

I go to the 6 am class, because my husband works very long hours. I nurse before I leave and when I get back. The workouts are quick, so it doesn't affect the breastfeeding at all.

I am NOT small chested, and the only thing I've found that works for sports bras is to double or sometimes triple up. Depending on the workout. I just use whatever I can find on sale at TJ Max.

I've found Crossfit and yoga to be the best thing for me as a mom. I do wear the baby in a sling and the strength I've gained has helped with that.

Honestly, Crossfit is much easier to apply to nursing mothers than a regular, run of the mill workout at a globo gym. Workouts are quicker and, in my opinion, more efficient.

Hope that helps!

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on December 31, 2010
at 01:29 PM

CrossFitting while pregnant is great - I did it into my ninth month and loved it. Listen to your body and scale as you need to. Start reducing the intensity from the 3rd month onwards.

CrossFitting while nursing - honestly, I found it tricky particularly when my daughter was very young. I would miss our gym's lunchtime class as she always seemed to want a big feed then and the evening classes would be impossible as she was colicky then. But a CrossFit workout is a lot easier to fit in than a globo-style one and if your CrossFit gym offers an 'open gym' you could fit it around your baby's routine much more easily.

As she got older it was easier to time things so she would be asleep for the class and then I'd could 'top her up' with a few mouthfuls if she woke up. A portable rocker chair is very useful for keeping little ones happy at the gym.

Berlei Shock Absorber bras (minimum level 3) are well up to the task of CrossFitting when nursing however if you need to nurse in a hurry it is very tricky to get your boobs out for feeding. Instead I would wear my normal nursing bra with a crop top style bra over the top. This would slide up and then unclip the nursing bra. Don't forget nursing pads to pop into your bra too. Nothing like a leak to throw you off your stride.

Look at doing home workouts (airsquats, press ups, jump rope) on days when getting to the gym won't work.

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on December 30, 2010
at 09:38 PM

Carrying your baby around in a sling hour by hour while managing your household will be some kind of crossfit... especially when it's growing and weighing more and more...

Babies of 6 month and more will enjoy beeing used as a dumbbell for your workout. It will laugh if you grab it and jump up and down, run or dance...

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on January 01, 2011
at 01:46 AM

I HIGHLY recommend the enell bra (check out Title9.com - they refer to it as the 'last resort bra').

I'm in the midst of getting back into it (my 2nd child is 6 weeks) and I'm lucky enough to have an amazing garage gym. However, it is still difficult to figure out the feeding/workout timing. I find it easiest at this point to have harder training days on Saturday and Sunday, when my husband is around to help out. Even though I'm a morning person, I don't usually work out first thing in the AM- it seems to make my milk production go down.

Also, I just want to say that after my first child I pushed too hard too fast and really tweaked my shoulder (thank you loose ligaments!). This time around I'm focusing on core stability first (lots of back squats and deadlifts).

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on December 30, 2010
at 11:31 PM

for bras - try Enell, or go to barenecessities.com. There's no need to try to MacGyver something unless your budget calls for it!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on December 30, 2010
at 11:44 PM

Hee hee...first thing I associate with MacGyver? Duct tape. Thanks for the laugh. :)

Medium avatar

(12379)

on January 28, 2011
at 10:42 PM

These bras are the absolute best - your girls wont go anywhere when wearing them - they take a while to get in and out of but they are worth the effort and the price tag. One word of advice - put in the leak pads beacuase the compression plus the effort of the workout can cause milk leaks!

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on March 16, 2013
at 01:03 PM

I second the Enell. It is hard to get out of, but hopefully you aren't going to nurse in the middle of a WOD! It's the only thing I could exercise in with milk heavy boobs.

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on December 30, 2010
at 10:23 PM

check out these amazing crossfit mamas!

i look at this site for inspiration all the time. im done having babies, as of 11 months ago, but i wish i had been able to do this. i might not have been so miserable through my pregnancies, and i might have recovered a lot faster, too.

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1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

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on December 30, 2010
at 09:13 PM

Not a mom but I also have a sports bra issue and I have had a lot of luck with ShockAbsorbers. A level 3 works for running and the like but you would want a level 4 for jumping a lot.

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on March 16, 2013
at 12:59 PM

I cross fitted through my pregnancy and just started back(my little guy is 4 weeks). On a good day I nurse first and pump after I nurse to make sure he has enough if I'm gone too long. Or I will pump before I go if our schedules are off and nurse as soon as I can when I get home. As for sports bras I found doubling up works best for me and one has a little amount of padding in case I leak. I get mine at target and there fitted knee length pants are great too because they hold in some of my belly that is still here. I also make sure to drink plenty of water and I eat before and after I WOD. I am scaling everything and taking my time so that I don't have any setbacks. As tough as it is, it makes me feel great and strong which is necessary for me to be a great mom!

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on December 30, 2010
at 11:45 PM

lululemon has some great sports bras altho they are expensive, i started crossfitting after i had my second baby. i always just take them with me, the crossfit gym i go to has a kid area and when my daughter was too little to be in there i brought a portable swing and if i needed to nurse my daughter i would just have to stop then finish the workout when she was done but i would try and get there early so i could nurse her before class started.

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