Even Moderate Exercise Increases Benefits of Breast Milk for Babies

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Experts have touted the benefits of exercise during pregnancy and breastfeeding during postpartum for a long time. Now, one study is saying that the two are related and that exercising during pregnancy may increase the benefits of breast milk.

The study was published in the journal Nature Metabolism and conducted by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine. It found that even moderate exercise during pregnancy increases a compound, 3SL, found in breast milk that reduces baby’s lifelong risks of serious health issues, such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

“We’ve done studies in the past that have shown that maternal exercise improves the health of offspring, but in this study, we wanted to begin to answer the question of why,” Kristin Stanford, a researcher at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Diabetes and Metabolism…

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