Pasteurization of mother's own milk reduces fat absorption and growth in preterm infants. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Pasteurization of mother's own milk reduces fat absorption and growth in preterm infants.
Acta Paediatr. 2007 Oct ;96(10):1445-9. Epub 2007 Aug 20. PMID: 17714541
Department of Clinical Sciences, Pediatrics, Umeå University, S-901 87 Umeå, Sweden.
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
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.