n International SportMed Journal - Effects of exercise on lactation in women : review article

Volume 4, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1528-3356



Exercise can drain the body of water and energy, yet research shows that when exercise is conducted at moderate intensity, the breast milk composition of postpartum women is not compromised. Furthermore, infant growth of chronically active mothers does not differ from that of sedentary mothers. Mothers who exercise experience positive health effects. Some, but not all, research suggests moderate exercise leads to improved blood lipids, cardiovascular fitness, bone mineral density, and body composition. Although more research is needed on the effects of exercise on bone health and body composition, current research suggests that lactating women can continue or even add exercise to their daily routine as long as this routine includes proper hydration, moderate-intensity exercise, and intake of sufficient calories.

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