Journal article

Infant intake of fatty acids from human milk over the first year of lactation

LR Mitoulas, LC Gurrin, DA Doherty, JL Sherriff, PE Hartmann

BRITISH JOURNAL OF NUTRITION | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2003

Abstract

Despite the importance of human milk fatty acids for infant growth and development, there are few reports describing infant intakes of individual fatty acids. We have measured volume, fat content and fatty acid composition of milk from each breast at each feed over a 24 h period to determine the mean daily amounts of each fatty acid delivered to the infant from breast milk at 1, 2, 4, 6, 9 and 12 months of lactation in five women. Daily (24 h) milk production was 336.60 (SEM 26.21) and 414.49 (SEM 28.39) ml and milk fat content was 36.06 (SEM 1.37) and 34.97 (SEM 1.50) g/l for left and right breasts respectively over the course of the first year of lactation. Fatty acid composition varied ov..

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