Evaluation of breast milk and breast milk substitutes on growing rats

E. Forsum, B. Lonnerdal

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Experiments were performed to find out whether it is possible to formulate a mixture of individual proteins from cow's milk which is more similar to human milk than presently available commercial breast milk substitutes. This was made possible by large-scale fractionation of bovine whey proteins and by mixing the latter with casein to obtain a protein mixture similar to that of breast milk. Our results indicate that the use of a rat growth assay for this purpose may be misleading and that the results of such evaluations should be interpreted with extreme caution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)536-538
Number of pages3
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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