Which milk has the most lactoferrin?

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Which milk has the most lactoferrin?

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answered Jan 18, 2023 by BeckyBee (17,930 points)
The milk that has the most lactoferrin is human colostrum or human breast milk which has the highest concentration of lactoferrin of 3.16 grams per liter.

Transitional milk and mature milk has less of lactoferrin at 1.73 grams per liter and 0.90 grams per liter.

The lactoferrin in formula is an iron transport protein which is naturally present in human breast milk at an average concentration of 1.4 mg/ml.

The lactoferrin present in formula is lower in concentration at 0.1 mg/ml and soy based formula contains none.

Humans can drink colostrum from animals such as Bovine as well as other humans.

In fact Bovine colostrum has been used for human consumption because of the high concentrations of bioactive proteins and minerals and vitamins, growth factors and free conjugated oligosaccharides.

In bovine colostrum there are around 0.80 mg.ml of lactoferrin.

Colostrum is better than lactoferrin although both lactoferrin and colostrum are good.

Colostrum is a rich source of lactoferrin, antioxidants, insulin-like growth factor I and II, immunoglobulin, oligosaccharides, vitamin A.

Lactoferrin is a protein in human milk, animal milk, and other bodily fluids.

Colostrum, the first milk made after a baby is born, is higher in lactoferrin.

You can take lactoferrin and colostrum together as colostrum immunoglobulins and lactoferrin exert broad spectrum antimicrobial action.

Colostrum is good for your liver as colostrum alleviates liver injury and insulin resistance and it's also associated with alterations in natural killer T cells PMC.

The benefits of colostrum include.

Helps strengthen your baby's immune system.
Helps to establish a healthy gut by coating the intestines.
Offers ideal nutrition for a newborn.
Has a laxative effect that helps your baby clear meconium (your baby's first poop) and lessens the chance of jaundice.
Easy to digest.

Colostrum does contain lactoferrin as lactoferrin reaches high concentrations in breast milk as well as colostrum.

Lactoferrin is an iron binding multifunctional glycoprotein that belongs to the transferrin family.

In colostrum there is some protein and small amounts of fat and sugar and also white blood cells which produce antibodies.

The antibodies in colostrum strengthen the baby's immune system and protects them from infection.

Colostrum is the first milk your body produces during pregnancy. It forms in your mammary glands (breasts).

Colostrum has more protein and fewer carbohydrates and fat than mature breast milk.

Colostrum is rich in secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA), which helps to protect the infant from infection.

Colostrum also helps to establish a normal gut microbiome in the infant.

The bowel is considered sterile at birth.
It's difficult to pump colostrum with a breast pump because of its thick consistency.

Most people recommend and prefer using their hands to express colostrum.

Hand expressing colostrum usually produces more colostrum than a pump.

While most people don't experience any side effects from bovine colostrum, there have been rare reports of problems in HIV-positive people such as nausea, vomiting, abnormal liver function tests, and decreased red blood cells.

Colostrum supplements can be beneficial for both newborns and adults.

Colostrum supplements contain many nutrients that could have added health benefits for adults and help support a baby in their first few days of life.

Your body will typically produce colostrum for several days after the birth of your baby before this early milk transitions into regular breast milk.

After the initial two to five days of colostrum production, your breasts will begin to increase in size and feel firmer.

You will likely only be able to harvest tiny quantities of colostrum milk (sometimes less than a milliliter per feed) particularly the first few times.

But any amount you produce is beneficial, so try not to worry about how much you produce.

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