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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Health Professions


Dr. Jeremy Akers PhD, RDN

Dr. Jennifer Walsh PhD, RDN

Dr. Elizabeth Edwards PhD, FACSM


It is well established that breastfeeding provides dual benefits to both the mother and the infant and is the preferred method of providing nutrients to infants essential for growth and development. Participating in regular physical exercise is also well-supported by research to be beneficial to one’s overall health and quality of life. Currently there are no physical activity guidelines developed for women who are postpartum and breastfeeding. An online database search was conducted; three articles met the inclusion criteria and were included within the review. Studies were included if there were direct measures of human breastmilk composition, supply/volume, and included a graded exercise component. Further research needs to be done to form physical activity guidelines for women who are postpartum (PP) and breastfeeding.

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