Breastfeeding Moms who exercise don't harm baby's growth, researchers conclude
Posted Jun 22 2012 9:00am
A new study has debunked the notion that breastfeeding mom's who exercise somehow harm or slowdown their baby's growth.
"Based on what we know at the moment, babies of mums who exercise do not gain less weight than babies of mothers who do not exercise," said lead researcher Amanda Daley of the University of Birmingham in Britain, whose findings were published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday.
Researchers pulled together the few clinical trials that have measured growth among breastfed babies whose mothers exercise, and found no evidence that the exercise slowed infants' weight gain.
The new research found that on average babies of exercising mothers gained slightly more than breastfed babies whose mothers were not physically active. That difference was likely due to chance, the researchers said.
In general, experts recommend that women try to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months after a baby is born, then add solid foods to the child's diet. Ideally, babies should keep getting breast milk for at least their first year, they say.
Experts also recommend that adults, including new moms, get regular moderate exercise."