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Comparison of the B vitamin composition of milk from mothers of preterm and term babies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6859917     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Samples of milk were taken at intervals during lactation from 35 mothers of term and 26 mothers of preterm infants and assayed for 8 B complex vitamins. Both term and preterm milks varied widely in vitamin content between mothers. Mean concentrations of thiamin, vitamin B6, nicotinic acid, pantothenic acid, biotin, and folic acid increased progressively over several weeks after parturition but vitamin B12 concentrations declined generally and riboflavin values showed little change. Preterm milk was not richer in vitamins than term milk of the corresponding stage of lactation and it appeared that intake of B vitamins differed widely among preterm infants given their own mothers' milk. These infants may have meagre body reserves and an increased need for vitamins, and breast milk whether from their own mother or from the milk bank may not meet their needs. There is a strong case for supplementing breast milk given to preterm babies with the B complex vitamins.
J E Ford; A Zechalko; J Murphy; O G Brooke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of disease in childhood     Volume:  58     ISSN:  1468-2044     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Dis. Child.     Publication Date:  1983 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-07-29     Completed Date:  1983-07-29     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372434     Medline TA:  Arch Dis Child     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  367-72     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Colostrum / analysis
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature
Milk, Human / analysis*
Time Factors
Vitamin B Complex / analysis*
Reg. No./Substance:
12001-76-2/Vitamin B Complex

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