Characterization of Cow Milk Proteins in Human Milk: Kinetics, Size Distribution, and Possible Relation to Atopy

  • Steffen Husby
  • Arne Høst
  • Lars G. Hansen
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 310)


Human milk contains a number of substances immunologically important to the infant1, such as leukocytes, antibodies, and complement factors. In addition, it has been known for many years that dietary antigens may pass from the mother into the breast milk and cause allergic reactions in the infant2. Dietary antigens have been directly demonstrated in breast milk by sensitive immunoassays3,4. The level of β-lactoglobulin (BLG) in breast milk after maternal intake of cow milk was related to the presence of cow milk allergy (CMA) as colic in the infant5. The milk level of ovalbumin after the intake of hen eggs, however, did not correlate with the worsening of atopic eczema in the infants studied6.


Atopic Eczema Breast Milk Milk Sample Human Milk Human Breast Milk 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steffen Husby
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Arne Høst
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Lars G. Hansen
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Medical MicrobiologyOdense UniversityDenmark
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsOdense University HospitalDenmark
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsViborg County HospitalDenmark

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