Breast milk composition in Ethiopian and Swedish mothers. II. Lactose, nitrogen, and protein contents

B. Lonnerdal, E. Forsum, M. Gebre Medhin, L. Hambraeus

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Abstract

Breast milk from underprivileged and privileged Ethiopian mothers was collected at different stages of lactation and analyzed for total nitrogen, nonprotein nitrogen, lactose, and individual milk proteins (lactoferrin, α lactalbumin, serum albumin, IgG and IgM). These values and the milk volume of one meal were compared to corresponding results from well nourished Swedish mothers. No significant differences between the levels of these constituents or the milk volumes were found between the two groups of Ethiopian mothers. When comparison was made between breast milk from these two Ethiopian groups and the Swedish group, the former two showed significantly higher values for the iron binding protein lactoferrin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1134-1141
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Volume29
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1976
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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