Yo, Breastfeeding Runners! I’m Perplexed!

Feel free to answer one or many of these questions.

1. How do you hold those suckers down? Suckers…Heh.

2. What kind of sports bra works best? Do you double up?

3. Do you wear breast pads? (Obviously you need to wear breast pads, right?)

4. Do you feed/pump right before a run?

5. Any wisdom you feel you need to share?

As you can see, I need answers. I’m about to construct a running bra made of overnight maxi pads and industrial duct tape.


  1. Jenn

    August 18, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I don’t actually have much more than an A cup to speak of, but I’ve heard from more well-endowed friends that the Enell bra is some kind of amazing. If this is horrible advice, I apologize…haven’t tested it myself ; )
    .-= Jenn´s last blog ..One Foot in Front of the Other =-.

  2. Lawyerish

    August 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I got a New Balance running bra that is very supportive and made for much larger boobs than I ever thought I would have. It zips up the front and has built-in pads, and the zipper turned out to be really convenient for the many times when I would get home from a run and immediately have to feed the baby. (I got it at roadrunnersports.com if you want to check it out!)

    I haven’t had to use breast pads while running; leakage wasn’t an issue for some reason. Maybe because I always fed her right before heading out (a MUST).

    One thing I noticed was that my supply seemed to be affected by running; on the days when I went for a run (even a short one), the baby was much fussier on the breast later in the day and didn’t seem to get enough milk. Staying hydrated is supposed to help, but even drinking a ton of water I had some trouble with this.

  3. sarah

    August 18, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I am 8 weeks post-partum & am on week 2 of c25k. I have no bra wisdom, but I do have to advise wearing a pad & doing your kegels. I was thankful I did the first run after dark.

  4. Leslie

    August 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I swear by the Enell running bra. It is made for women with large breasts. I love it because it has hook closures in the FRONT! You can pull a boob out and nurse if you need to and you don’t have to worry about smashing them in the process. It really holds you in place. you will not be bouncing all over the place while running, because they are made for large breasts. They also do not stretch out with wear. I have used mine for almost 3 years now without much wear at all.

    As you probably get from the other comments, you should pump or nurse right before you go. Make sure to drink enough water if you sweat a lot other wise your milk supply might get low for the next feeding…

  5. Wendi McCombs

    August 18, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    nurse before you go (or pump, if you do that).
    I would wear my nursing bra with lansinoh pads and then put a sports bra over that.
    Seemed to work alright.

  6. Mama Bub

    August 18, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    This is one of the number one reasons I gave up on Couch to 5K after two weeks. I was in danger of putting an eye out.
    .-= Mama Bub´s last blog ..Why Ill never go to the dentist again =-.

  7. Tina

    August 18, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I agree with a previous poster who said the pads just get sweaty. I just pumped like mad before hand. Also, nix on the doubling of the sports bras. It doesn’t help. You need a good underwire sports bra for high impact. Athleta sells some awesome ones.
    P.S. I wore Lilypadz instead of regular breast pads. They are soooo much better.


  8. Siera

    August 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    The one time I ran in the early stages of BF I got a clogged milk duct! I trippled up on the bras and the girls had no room to move hence the clogged milk duct. I wore a nursing bra without wires, a sports bra and a workout top with a built in bra. It was too much! I should’ve known by the uniboob I was sporting. After that I doubled up. Sports bra and a workout top with a bra built in. I never did find the right sports bra so I made due with the ones I had before. Good Luck! I wish I had had some advice back then.
    .-= Siera´s last blog ..10 Weeks =-.

  9. s.a.

    August 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    The Moving Comfort “Juno” bra is great. The straps are adjustable, so you can peel down one side to nurse if need be, and it keeps things under control. I am a runner, and pre baby I had tiny boobs, I just wore el cheapo sports bras from Target. No more.

    Nurse right before you run, and don’t wear the sports bra when you aren’t working out; compressing your breasts is bad for your supply.

  10. Jessica

    August 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I was a C while nursing and would wear a really heavy support bra and a tank with a shelf bra over that. I had to wear pads, because otherwise I would be soaked… and not with just sweat… if you catch my milky drift. I nursed/pumped right before going out and never had any major problems.

    My supply dropped significantly when I started running. I had to take fenugreek (at least when you run you smell like an IHOP) and even then I could not keep up. We kept at it, but it definitely was a lot of work. But! It’s worth it – I need to run to get back into my prepregnancy size (OR CLOSE TO IT) and also so I do not accidentally stab someone with a wayward fork.


  11. Teej

    August 18, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Well I haven’t had a baby but my chest is quite large in proportion to my frame so I think I understand your dilemma. I buy only ShockAbsorber sports bras beause the cup is soft and doesn’t compress your boobs like some others that seem more like tensor bandages.
    I buy them online from figleaves.

  12. Emily

    August 19, 2010 at 6:16 am

    I haven’t had a baby, but I do have fairly large boobs and run/workout a lot…The absolute most supportive bra I have ever owned is the “ta ta tamer” model from Lululemon. http://shop.lululemon.com/Ta_Ta_Tamer/pd/c/520/np/520/p/1642.html
    I love it because it is available in specific sizes (not just S, M or L) and for the fact that it holds its shape after being washed many, many times. The band is very wide and not stretchy for added support. There are also removable cups and adjustable straps, so you can really strap them in if you need to.
    Good luck!

  13. AC

    August 19, 2010 at 8:00 am

    ah, how I don’t miss the days of nursing!
    empty b**bs pre-run either nursing or pump. Get your butt out the door quickly before they refill.
    I used lulu lemon tata tamer. no maxipads needed.

  14. anie

    August 19, 2010 at 11:14 am

    ah, those boulder days of running…
    I would nurse/pump before going out and then used a bra from Title Nine. They’ve got a great selection and really helpful information to use when figuring out which one to try. They have good return policy, too…www.titlenine.com

    happy running!

  15. The real L.A. love story.

    August 19, 2010 at 11:48 am

    3 months later and i still spray like a hose. i HAVE to wear disposable pads. the cotton ones wont cut it. if things r getting heavy but babes is not ready to eat, i just hand express over the sink for relief. if i do work out, i just wear my granny bra. the underwire holds things in place better than any sportsbra.
    .-= The real L.A. love story.´s last blog ..The History of Food- Post-baby Goods Eats =-.