A longitudinal study of salivary sialic acid in preterm infants

Comparison of human milk-fed versus formula-fed infants

Bing Wang, Jennie Brand Miller, Yun Sun, Zia Ahmad, Patricia McVeagh, Peter Petocz

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Abstract

We found that the saliva of preterm infants fed human milk contains twice the level of sialic acid as that in infants fed commercial formulas. The higher sialic acid level suggests greater viscosity and enhanced protection of the mucosal surfaces in breast-fed infants. Human milk itself is a rich source of sialylated oligosaccharides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)914-916
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatrics
Volume138
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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