Hormones in Milk: Their Presence and Possible Physiological Significance

  • O. Koldovský
  • A. Bedrick
  • P. Pollack
  • R. K. Rao
  • W. Thornburg


The presence of hormones in breast milk and their physiological significance was suggested by Schein (1895) and Mosse and Cathala (1898) during the last century and described five decades ago by Heim (1931a; 1931b) and Yaida (1929). In the last decade we witnessed an increased interest in this area. In our presentation we will review two aspects of the presence of hormones in breast milk, along with a brief discussion of clinical studies considering their functional significance for the suckling infant, as well as experiments exploring absorption of some milk hormones in laboratory animals.


Thyroid Hormone Breast Milk Human Milk Bovine Milk Congenital Hypothyroidism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Koldovský
    • 1
  • A. Bedrick
    • 1
  • P. Pollack
    • 1
  • R. K. Rao
    • 1
  • W. Thornburg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Arizona College of MedicineTucsonUSA

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