Posts Tagged ‘sports bra’

Retiring My Boobs

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

retiring my boobsOn June 21, 2010, as I held my firstborn child, I looked into his eyes and felt the weight of how my life had changed. I had become “mom,” and that title would stay with me for the rest of time.

On June 23, 2010, my milk came in. And my boobs literally felt the weight of how my life had changed.

Since that day, I have nursed four children, each for at least a year, as that is what worked best for our little family. As my youngest approached a year, and knowing she was our last little one, I reflected on the evolution breastfeeding has taken me:

My oldest never nursed without a cover when in public, as that was made me most comfortable. My youngest never nursed with a cover in public, as that was what made us both most comfortable.

With my oldest, I would breastfeed and look on at mothers who formula fed with judgment, wondering why they would make such a choice when obviously what I was doing was the very best. With my youngest, I would look to all mothers with gratitude and humility, thankful that no matter what worked best for their family, breastfeeding or formula feeding, that those little babies had a parent who loved them and cared for them to meet their needs.

With my oldest, I mourned the days behind me when I could go on a run with any old sports bra, instead of spending all the moneys on the highest-tech support bra to avoid bruising myself with my milk jugs. With my youngest, I look at my transformation with awe and respect, marveling at the things the human body can do.

Breastfeeding can be incredibly divisive, with strong opinions coming from all sides of the table of how or whether it should be done. It can be easy to feel insecure and defensive, as so much of our value seems to be judged on how we mother and also how our bodies appear to others, with breastfeeding becoming the ideal center of that Venn diagram. Our journeys will look different, and as parents, we will take different paths as we make different choices and face different hurdles. But our intent is the same: We are doing the best that we can with what we have. And I never would have guessed that breastfeeding would teach me how to better honor other people’s experiences.

Keighty Brigman is terrible at crafting, throwing birthday parties, and making sure there isn’t food on her face. Allegedly, her four children manage to love her anyway.


My Sports Bra Gave Me a Yeast Infection

Friday, October 24th, 2014

My Sports Bra Gave Me a Yeast InfectionYou’re getting dinner ready, or maybe you just got home from work or picking up the kids. You are just about to dive into that crazy evening routine of mealtime, bath time and bedtime, trying to get it all done by a decent hour so you can actually spend time with your spouse. By some miracle you have just enough time to get in a 30-minute workout at the gym, a yoga or zumba class, or maybe you’re ready to hit a trail for a quick run before the circus begins. Getting those 30 minutes to an hour to yourself each day is a big deal! But when you get home, you have to hit the floor running. You just got a workout in, and that’s a major victory. Who has time to shower afterward?

Not only is it not an indulgence to shower after a workout, it’s really necessary if you want to avoid a nasty yeast infection or even mastitis. The idea of contracting a yeast infection from your sports bra is something most women never even consider. If you are routinely active and wear a sports bra, you might want to take note.

Although some women experience thrush while nursing, many nursing and non-nursing women are shocked to learn that these types of infections can be fairly common as well as difficult to eliminate once they have started. It is important to get a diagnosis as soon as possible if you suspect yeast might be a culprit. Delaying treatment will only prolong the pain, especially when nursing.

Sports bras are warm and damp places, especially right after a great sweat session, and they can easily trap fungi, bacteria, and viral infections.  This can be especially problematic if you are also nursing. Think you might have an infection? Some symptoms include red and itchy skin, sudden breast pain, as well as a burning sensation. Sometimes you may even think your nursling is biting you because the pain is so intense.

Common treatment involves the use of a topical anti-fungal cream that is applied externally as well as an oral medication that can be taken by your baby if you are nursing. Some homeopathic remedies include cleansing the nipples and then air drying in sunlight to dry out the skin. If you are nursing, frequently change your nursing pads and wash all pumping parts in a bleach solution to avoid spreading the infection or making it worse.

The best method for protecting yourself against these types of yeast infections is to remove and wash your sports bra immediately after exercising. It is also important to only purchase sports bras that are made of a cotton or dryfit material that allows your skin to breathe. The longer you leave your sports bra on, the better chance that it becomes a breeding ground for infections, especially if you live in humid conditions where moisture can become trapped all day. Using baby powder in your bra, or a combination of witch hazel and baby powder can help reduce the odds of attracting an infection.

Lastly, make sure your skin is completely dry before you get dressed to tackle the kiddos for bedtime. Showering isn’t a luxury, even thought it may feel like one sometimes. It’s a necessity for good health!

Tessa Wesnitzer is personal trainer and active mom of two boys who loves helping other mamas meet their personal fitness goals during and after baby!