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July 07, 2020 Tuesday 06:41:15 PM IST

Exercise Improves Breast Milk

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Even moderate exercise during pregnancy increases a compound in breast milk that reduces a baby's life long risks of developing serious health issues such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease, according to a study done by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre. Quality of breast milk has an important bearing on the health of the child. A study done on sedentary and active mice during pregnancy also showed the health benefits of fit moms being transferred to the offspring. Researchers also followed about 150 pregnant and postpartum women using activity trackers and found that those who had more steps per day had an increased amount of a compound known as 3SL in their breast milk, which they believe is responsible for these health benefits.

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