Tuesday, February 04, 2003

Moderate Exercise Doesn't Alter Breast Milk: Study
Tue Feb 4, 2:41 PM ET, Yahoo News,

By Jacqueline Stenson,

NEW YORK (Reuters Health)

"Despite some concerns that exercise might change the quality of a woman's breast milk, new study findings indicate that moderate physical activity has no such effect.

A 1997 report found that exercise could lower the amount of immune-boosting proteins that a mother passes on to her baby through breast milk within the hour after the physical activity. But that study involved women who exercised to exhaustion.

"Many doctors are concerned that new moms are exercising strenuously and this will compromise their breast milk," study author Dr. Cheryl Lovelady, an associate professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, told Reuters Health. "But we found no effect for moderate exercise."

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