Maternal breast milk transforming growth factor-beta and feeding intolerance in preterm infants

  title={Maternal breast milk transforming growth factor-beta and feeding intolerance in preterm infants},
  author={Brandy L. Frost and Tamas Jilling and Brittany Lapin and Akhil Maheshwari and Michael S. Caplan},
  journal={Pediatric Research},
Background:Feeding intolerance (FI) occurs commonly in the neonatal intensive care unit. Breast milk contains a large pool of transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β). Few studies describe TGF-β levels in preterm milk, and the relationship to FI remains unexplored. We measured TGF-β levels in preterm breast milk to investigate a correlation with FI in preterm infants.Methods:Prospective observational trial of 100 mother–infant pairs, enrolling infants born below 32 wk gestation and less than 1… CONTINUE READING
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