Variation in Prolactin Consumption by Fully Breastfed Infants

  • M. D. Cregan
  • L. R. Mitoulas
  • P. E. Hartmann
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 554)

Abstract

Animal studies have shown that biologically active prolactin from milk is transferred to the circulation of the neonate following suckling, and that prolactin assists in the development of the pituitary and adrenal glands, reproductive organs, gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, and modulates the acquired immune system (Ellis et al. 1996). The aim of this study was to determine the amount of prolactin consumed by a breastfed human infant.

Keywords

Adrenal Gland Reproductive Organ Human Infant Early Lactation BREASTFED Infant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. D. Cregan
    • 1
  • L. R. Mitoulas
    • 1
  • P. E. Hartmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Biomedical and Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Life and Physical SciencesThe University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

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