Insulin-like growth factors (IGF) I and II and IGF binding proteins (IGFBPs) in human colostrum/transitory milk during the first week postpartum: comparison with neonatal and maternal serum.


Day 1 human colostrum contains 5 times more IGF I than IGF II. By day 3 postpartum, IGF I drops by 80% to constant levels whereas IGF II increases 3-fold up to day 7. Colostrum contains mainly IGFBP-2, little IGFBP-3 and no detectable IGFBP-1 or IGFBP-4. IGFBP-2 rises 20-fold up to day 6 of lactation. The major IGFBPs of newborn serum are IGFBP-2, -3 and -4… (More)