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. Amy in StL

    August 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I’m not nursing but I’m large chested and my advice is that if you’re doubling up sports bras; you’re not wearing the right bra. I’m also 40; so I don’t want a lot of bounce to help gravity along to having tube sock boobz. I wear an underarmour one that zips up the front and I got it at Sports Authority for D cups. It’s really supportive and easy to get out of when I sweat.

  2. Shareen

    August 19, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I’m not breast feeding, but with F-cup boobs, I feel your pain – dealing with these puppies while running has been a contast issue! No longer, my friend…a woman here on Vancouver Island invented the Jane Strap (guys have the jock strap, we get the jane strap) which has REVOLUTIONIZED my life. Apparently she was training for a marathon just after having her baby and she was having the same problem so finally she just went running with her bathrobe tie literally “tying” her boobs down! After some upgrades she came up with the jane strap. You can check it out here: http://www.janestrap.com/ I’m a 34F and I wear a small. I hope you find something that works!

  3. eliza

    August 19, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    I second the recommendation for the Ta-ta tamer from Lululemon. I am busty, and it is comfortable when running and definitely keeps it’s shape over time. And doesn’t give you the dreaded uni-boob look!

  4. Larisa

    August 20, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I pumped before I left and once I had returned and taken a shower. And I use to wear two sporting bras because I was afraid of the pain of them jumping up and down and also for those people looking at me all weird. I would also wear a pad in each boob, but be quick bc your milk lets down fast…

  5. Kristen

    August 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I ran my first half-marathon while I was nursing. I had great luck with the Champion brand sports bras at Target (with the thicker straps). I bought them really tight and the girls didn’t move. My biggest issue was the sweat accumulating in the middle of my uniboob (powder helps). If I pumped or nursed right before leaving, I could get in a decent run without feeling uncomfortable.

    But one of my favorite memories was on the way to the big race – pumping at 5am in the backseat of a rental car squished between four other runners. I’m classy like that.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..for our painying needs =-.

  6. Jill

    August 23, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I second the Ta TA tamer from Lululemon- running was NOT a pretty sight until I went out and bought one: I loved it!! My baby is now 2 1/2 so my size has changed- i need to go and buy another one in a smaller size.


  7. kristina

    August 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I think eveyone has answered this well enough, but I’d just like to add that someone should make a NURSING sports bra. That would be f-ing genius. I wear two Lulu sports bras, no breast pads. Apparently I am not working out hard enough to worry about let down?

    I will also say that while I was a legit runner before my 5th month of pregnancy, like could easily run a half marathon on any given weekend, 4 months into running and 6 months postpartum, it’s still a total chore. I feel like I’m running through mud and 4 miles is about all I can manage. FORGET about pushing the BOB. That is a husband’s job for sure.

  8. Liz

    September 10, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Okay, but I’m a 42 DDD (F). And I am itching to get back to running (and some serious aerobics). My baby is 5 months old so I am still solely breastfeeding. In reality would need a good compression bra, but wouldn’t that hurt my milk supply?