Bioactive Factors in Milk

Editor(s): International Committee of Paediatricians Annales Nestlé Vol.54 / 3,  1996
  • Lactoferrin in Milk

    Author(s): B. Lönnerdal

    Lactoferrin is a major component of breast milk protein, constituting 10-15% of the total content. Each molecule of lactoferrin is capable of binding two atoms of iron and it has been proposed that lactoferrin is involved in iron absorption in the newborn infant. It is known that iron status of exclusively breast-fed infants usually is satisfactory to 6-9 months of age, in spite of a low iron content in breast milk.

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