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Friday, July 9, 2010

Protein In Milk Is Protective In Fatal Diseases of Infants

Posted by Prahallad Panda on 7:05 AM Comments

An intubated female premature infant born prem...Image via Wikipedia
Lactoferrin, an immune protein present in the colostrum, the thick first breast milk that is secreted after birth of their babies is protective especially to the low birth weight babies; researchers say.
In India, the thick yellowish milk, colostrum was being discarded earlier giving it the name "Witch Milk". Awareness has lead to feed the same to their babies now-a-days.
Sepsis is the most common cause of death in the newborn and is a particular problem for premature and very low birth weight infants. Necrotizing enterocolitis is an inflammatory condition predominantly affecting premature infants, and infection may be a contributory factor. Antibiotics used to treat sepsis and necrotizing enterocolitis are not always effective, and their widespread use can lead to antibiotic resistance. Lactoferrin, which occurs naturally in human colostrum, milk, tears and saliva, has been shown to have antimicrobial activity and is a constituent of natural immunity. This Cochrane review investigates whether lactoferrin might prevent sepsis and necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants.
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