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From: pautrey on 8 Jun 2010 15:18
Magic Ingredient In Breast Milk Protects Babies' Intestines
ScienceDaily (June 30, 2009) Scientists at Queen Mary, University of
London have discovered that an ingredient in human breast milk
protects and repairs the delicate intestines of newborn babies.
The ingredient called pancreatic secretory trypsin inhibitor, or PSTI,
is found at its highest levels in colostrum - the milk produced in the
first few days after birth.
The lining of a newborn's gut is particularly vulnerable to damage as
it has never been exposed to food or drink. The new study highlights
the importance of breastfeeding in the first few days after the birth.
The researchers found small amounts of PSTI in all the samples of
breast milk they tested but it was seven times more concentrated in
colostrum samples. The ingredient was not found in formula milk.