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Breastfeeding Protects against the Anorectic Response to Infection in Infants

Possible Role of DHA
  • M. López-Alarcón
  • P. García-Zuñiga
  • M. Del Prado
  • C. Garza
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 554)

Abstract

Lower incidence and attenuated severity of infections are among the benefits of breastfeeding (López-Alarcón et al. 1997). Breastfeeding also seems to protect against the anorexia that presents as a response to infections (Hoyle et al. 1980; Dickin et al. 1990; López-Alarcón et al. 2002), but underlying mechanisms are not well understood. The polyunsaturated fatty acid a-linolenic and its derivatives docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapenatenoic acid (EPA) may be involved in such protection because they participate in eicosanoid and cytokine synthesis that occurs during infection (Block etal. 1996; Calder 1997).

Keywords

Energy Intake Human Milk Acute Diarrhea Serum TNFa Decrease Energy Intake 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. López-Alarcón
    • 1
  • P. García-Zuñiga
    • 1
  • M. Del Prado
    • 1
  • C. Garza
    • 2
  1. 1.Unity of Research in Medical NutritionMexican Institute of Social SecurityMexico D.F.Mexico
  2. 2.Division of Nutritional SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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