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Can You Swim While Breastfeeding?

Can You Swim While Breastfeeding?
30 January 2015 5118 Views No comments

If you've chosen to breastfeed your baby, it can lead to a number of questions around what you can and can't do. Many mums get concerned over how exposure to chemicals or different elements can affect their breastfed baby; this includes the chlorine in a swimming pool.

However, it is perfectly fine to swim in a pool while you're breastfeeding. After all, if you're starting baby swimming from a young age, your child will already be exposed to the chlorine in the water. Even if you aren't taking your little one swimming, the exercise is a great choice for after you've given birth, so you shouldn't miss out on it just because you're breastfeeding.

Most of the time it is a good idea to judge whether you would expose your child to something, such as chlorinated water. If the answer is yes, then it is perfectly fine for you to be exposed to it while breastfeeding.

The chlorine found in a pool isn't able to enter your breast milk, as in order for this to happen your skin would have to absorb high enough amounts of the chemical for it to make its way into your bloodstream. This doesn't happen through the odd dip in a swimming pool.

If you're concerned about the chlorine left on your skin after breastfeeding, especially if you are having to stop your swim in order to feed your baby, it is easy to remove by having a shower or through cleaning your breast before you start feeding.

It is also important to know that swimming in cold water won't affect your milk production. Generally, your milk production is only affected by stress. This means that if you're feeling stressed while swimming in cold water, you could see a temporary reduction in the milk you are producing, but this is not related to the water or its temperature.

As soon as you are out of the water, dried off and feeling warm and happy, your milk production will return to normal.

If you are concerned about breastfeeding or your milk production, it is a good idea to talk to your GP or health visitor.