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Pasteurization of mother's own milk reduces fat absorption and growth in preterm infants.
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PMID:  17714541     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: A randomized study was conducted to evaluate whether pasteurized milk (Holder pasteurization 62.5 degrees C, 30 min) reduces fat absorption and growth in preterm infants. METHODS: Preterm infants (825-1325 g) born with gestational age < or =30 weeks were randomized into two groups, of which one started with pasteurized own mother's milk for 1 week and continued with raw milk the following week, and a second group was fed in reverse order. By using this design the infants served as their own controls. At the end of each week, a 72-h fat balance was performed and growth was monitored. RESULTS: We found, on an average, 17% higher fat absorption with raw as compared to pasteurized milk. Infants gained more weight and linear growth assessed as knee-heel length was also greater during the week they were fed raw milk as compared to the week they were fed pasteurized milk. CONCLUSION: Feeding preterm infants pasteurized as compared to raw own mother's milk reduced fat absorption. When the infants were fed raw milk, they gained more in knee-heel length compared to when they were fed pasteurized milk.
Y Andersson; K Sävman; L Bläckberg; O Hernell
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-08-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)     Volume:  96     ISSN:  0803-5253     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr.     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-20     Completed Date:  2008-01-25     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205968     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr     Country:  Norway    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1445-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical Sciences, Pediatrics, Umeå University, S-901 87 Umeå, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Body Height
Body Weight
Breast Feeding*
Dietary Fats / metabolism*
Food Contamination / prevention & control
Food Microbiology*
Gestational Age
Infant Food*
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Milk, Human / metabolism*
Nutritional Status
Prospective Studies
Weight Gain
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Fats

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