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Date of Graduation
Master of Science (MS)
Department of Health Professions
Jeremy D. Akers
Elizabeth S. Edwards
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.
McRoy, Jewell, "The effects of exercise on breastmilk composition and supply: A critical literature review" (2020). Masters Theses, 2020-current. 67.