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Stimulating effect of mother's milk upon thymus size in infants

Andrzej Kurylak, Danuta Kurylak, Irena Drapińska, Aldona Jankowska, Anna Balcar-Boroń

Med Sci Monit 1998; 4(4): CR670-673

ID: 502320


The work presents the results of ultrasonographic examination of 32 formula-fed infants and 32 infants fed with mother's milk. The volume of thymus in breast-fed children was significantly larger than in the case of infants receiving artificial nutrition. This indicates that human milk contains a factor stimulating the development of thymus, an organ which is responsible for child's immune functions.

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