Author(s): Ezz El Din ZM, Abd El Ghaffar S, El Gabry EK, Fahmi WA, Bedair RF
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Abstract Expression and storage of breast milk is way to maintain breastfeeding when mother and infant are separated, if the nutritional value can be conserved. Three expressed breast milk samples were collected from 61 healthy lactating mothers in Cairo, Egypt, for determination of total protein, fat, lactose and zinc content, as well as vitamins C, A and E concentrations. One sample was analysed immediately without storage, 1 after storage for 24 hours in a refrigerator (4 degrees C) and 1 after storage for 1 week in a home freezer (-4 degrees C to -8 degrees C). Refrigeration and freezing of breast milk caused a statistically significant decline in levels of vitamins C, A and E. Nevertheless, the values of all nutrients were still within the international reference ranges for mature breast milk.
This article was published in East Mediterr Health J
and referenced in Vitamins & Minerals