Last update Dec. 4, 2020

Maternal Sport

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Moderate exercise is healthy and perfectly compatible with breastfeeding, with no changes in the composition of milk or a decrease in its production, which may even increase (Be'er 2020, CML 2012, HWA 2009).

Maternal exercise does not cause weight loss in the infant (Daley 2012, Su 2007, Dewey 1994).

Resistance and aerobic exercise can delay bone loss during breastfeeding (Lovelady 2009).

Intense exercise might decrease the concentration of IgA and lactose and increase the concentration of lactic acid and protein, with possible taste change, but this is well tolerated by the infant (Wright 2002, Quinn 1999, Carey 1997).

Continuous intense exercise would only be advisable in women who have previously been involved in fitness training, eg: professional athletes.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

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References

  1. Be'er M, Mandel D, Yelak A, Gal DL, Mangel L, Lubetzky R. The Effect of Physical Activity on Human Milk Macronutrient Content and Its Volume. Breastfeed Med. 2020 Apr 8. Abstract
  2. CML - Comité de Lactancia Materna AEP. Preguntas frecuentes sobre lactancia materna. Folleto. 2012 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  3. Daley AJ, Thomas A, Cooper H, Fitzpatrick H, McDonald C, Moore H, Rooney R, Deeks JJ. Maternal exercise and growth in breastfed infants: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Pediatrics. 2012 Jul;130(1):108-14. Abstract
  4. HWA - Healthy Western Australia, Department of Health. More about breastfeeding. Health Pamphlet 2009 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  5. Lovelady CA, Bopp MJ, Colleran HL, Mackie HK, Wideman L. Effect of exercise training on loss of bone mineral density during lactation. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2009 Oct;41(10):1902-7. Abstract
  6. Su D, Zhao Y, Binns C, Scott J, Oddy W. Breast-feeding mothers can exercise: results of a cohort study. Public Health Nutr. 2007 Oct;10(10):1089-93. Epub 2007 May 22. Abstract
  7. Wright KS, Quinn TJ, Carey GB. Infant acceptance of breast milk after maternal exercise. Pediatrics. 2002 Abstract
  8. Quinn TJ, Carey GB. Does exercise intensity or diet influence lactic acid accumulation in breast milk? Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1999 Abstract
  9. Carey GB, Quinn TJ, Goodwin SE. Breast milk composition after exercise of different intensities. J Hum Lact. 1997 Abstract
  10. Dewey KG, Lovelady CA, Nommsen-Rivers LA, McCrory MA, Lönnerdal B. A randomized study of the effects of aerobic exercise by lactating women on breast-milk volume and composition. N Engl J Med. 1994 Feb 17;330(7):449-53. Abstract

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