Maternal exercise and growth in breastfed infants: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

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  • Helen Cooper
  • Hannah Fitzpatrick
  • Catherine McDonald
  • Heather Moore
  • Rebecca Rooney


Studies have revealed that women who breastfeed their infants may be reluctant to exercise due to concerns that to do so would adversely affect their breast milk and consequently the growth of their infants. In this review, we seek to systematically review and statistically synthesize evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that have assessed the effects of maternal exercise on breastfed infant growth (weight gain and gain in length).


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-14
Number of pages7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012