Vitamin C is reduced in human milk after storage
Version of Record online: 2 JAN 2007
Volume 90, Issue 7, pages 813–815, July 2001
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Buss, I., McGill, F., Darlow, B. and Winterbourn, C. (2001), Vitamin C is reduced in human milk after storage. Acta Paediatrica, 90: 813–815. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2001.tb02810.x
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- Version of Record online: 2 JAN 2007
- Ascorbic acid;
- breast milk;
- human milk;
- vitamin C
In order to establish how cold storage of human milk affects levels of bioavailable vitamin C, 11 samples were stored for 24 h in the refrigerator or up to 2 mo in the freezer. Total vitamin C levels decreased on average by one-third in the refrigerator or after 1 mo of freezing, with wide variations between individuals (6 to 76% and 3 to 100%, respectively). After 2 mo of freezing, the average decrease was two-thirds (7–100%).
Conclusion: We recommend a change in human milk storage practices, to under 24 h in a refrigerator or under 1 mo in a freezer. Alternatively, vitamin C supplementation may be considered.