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Human milk and intestinal host defense in newborns: an update.
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PMID:  8540428     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this update of the role of breast milk ingestion on passive and active protection of the human neonate, new observations and studies are presented that appear to support the concept that preterm and term infants should receive their mother's milk so far as possible. New objective evidence has been presented to support the role of breast milk in the protection of the newborn from intestinal and systemic infections. New concepts of the active role of breast milk growth factors on an accelerated development of the infant's own mucosal barrier function are presented, as well as preliminary data to support the role of breast milk growth factors in gut development. This new area of breast milk function, however, requires extensive clinical studies to support the practical value of breast milk in the development of the infant's own defenses.
M Xanthou; J Bines; W A Walker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances in pediatrics     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0065-3101     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Pediatr     Publication Date:  1995  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-02-02     Completed Date:  1996-02-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370436     Medline TA:  Adv Pediatr     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  171-208     Citation Subset:  IM    
Neonatal Division, Aghia Sophra Children's Hospital, Athens, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding
Colostrum / immunology*
Immunity, Cellular / immunology
Immunity, Maternally-Acquired / immunology*
Immunity, Mucosal / immunology*
Immunoglobulins / immunology
Infant, Newborn
Infection / immunology
Intestines / immunology*
Milk, Human / immunology*
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