How to retain bone density despite nursing

Here’s an excerpt from Fit Pregnancy Magazine.  Article written by Erin Rottman, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Strength training may offer some breastfeeding mothers better bone health later in life, say researchers at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro who tested lactating moms who walked, worked out with dumbbells and did exercises such as squats.  Calcium is typically transferred from bones to breast milk when women nurse; after they wean, calcium levels usually return to normal.  But the study found that moms who did resistance training for four months postpartum lost only 4.8 percent bone density in the lower spine compared with non exercisers, who lost 7 percent.

“That doesn’t sound like a big difference, but 2 percent is what women may lose in a year of menopause,” notes study author Cheryl Lovelady, PH.D, R.D.  Slowing bone loss during lactation could decrease the risk of osteoporosis for women whose bone density doesn’t return to pre-breastfeeding levels.- Erin Rottman Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

So after reading the above article from Fit Pregnancy Magazine, I feel compelled to share this with those of you who are breastfeeding.  My postnatal weight loss workout DVDs, New Mommy Makeover, is the perfect way to add resistance training to your busy lifestyle.  With quick, full body 30-minute workouts, you can fit them into your busy lifestyle.  Your bones will thank you!  Learn more about the entire proven postnatal weight loss system by visiting

-Colleen Riddle, Creator New Mommy Makeover

AFPA Certified Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist


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