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Estimation of Lactation Performance Using Urinary Lactose Content [Med J Islamic World Acad Sci]
Med J Islamic World Acad Sci. 1995; 8(4): 161-164

Estimation of Lactation Performance Using Urinary Lactose Content

M. Arshad Humayun1, Susan M. Potter2, Tajammal Hussain1
1From Department of Human Nutrition, NWFP Agricultural University, Peshawar, Pakistan.
2From Division of Food and Nutrition, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA.

Urinary lactose, creatinine and lactose/creatinine ratios were measured in 9 lactating mothers (at 1, 2, and 3 months postpartum) and 13 non-lactating women. Urinary lactose and creatinine were measured using commercially available kits. Mean urinary lactose content was significantly higher (P < 0.05) in lactating mothers than in non-lactating women (2.5 1.8 vs 0.07 0.05 nmol/L). Similarly, mean lactose/creatinine ratios were significantly higher (p < 0.05) in lactating mothers than in non-lactating women (0.31 0.17 vs. 0.01 0.01). The creatinine contents of lactating and non-lactating women were not significantly different (p > 0.05). Increased breastfeeding frequency (7.4 1.7 times/day) resulted in increased lactose/creatinine ratios in lactating women. It is concluded that lactose creatinine ratios can be used for the estimation of lactation performance in lactating mothers.

Keywords: Lactation performance, lactose, creatinine, ratio.


M. Arshad Humayun, Susan M. Potter, Tajammal Hussain. Estimation of Lactation Performance Using Urinary Lactose Content. Med J Islamic World Acad Sci. 1995; 8(4): 161-164

Corresponding Author: Tajammal Hussain, Pakistan


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