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Human milk lactose, insulin, and glucose relative to infant body composition during exclusive breastfeeding

Cheema, A.S., Stinson, L.F., Rea, A., Lai, C.T., Payne, M.S., Murray, K., Geddes, D.T. and Gridneva, Z. (2021) Human milk lactose, insulin, and glucose relative to infant body composition during exclusive breastfeeding. Nutrients, 13 (11). Article 3724.

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Human milk (HM) components may influence infant growth and development. This study aimed to investigate relationships between infant body composition (BC) and HM lactose, insulin, and glucose (concentrations and calculated daily intakes (CDI)) as well as 24-h milk intake and maternal BC at 3 months postpartum. HM samples were collected at 2 months postpartum. Infant and maternal BC was assessed with bioimpedance spectroscopy. Statistical analysis used linear regression accounting for infant birth weight. 24-h milk intake and CDI of lactose were positively associated with infant anthropometry, lean body mass and adiposity. Higher maternal BC measures were associated with lower infant anthropometry, z-scores, lean body mass, and adiposity. Maternal characteristics including BC and age were associated with concentrations and CDI of HM components, and 24-h milk intake. In conclusion, 24-h intake of HM and lactose as well as maternal adiposity are related to development of infant BC.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry and Physics
Publisher: MDPI
Copyright: © 2021 by the authors
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