Alpha-Tocopherol Levels in Milk of Exclusively Breast-Feeding Mothers in Benin City, Nigeria

  • OM Ibadin
  • CC Osubor
  • PA Onoberhie
Keywords: Alpha tocopherol, Breast milk, Lactating mothers, Benin City


The influence of prolonged breastfeeding on breast-milk alpha tocopherol was assessed in 112 lactating mothers practicing exclusive breast-feeding on term infants. The cross sectional study was carried out between May 1st and 30th, 2005 at the University of Benin/University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City among lactating mothers. Employing the Quaife’s method, mean alpha-tocopherol values were determined in spot samples of breast milk. Though not significant mean Breast-milk (BM) alphatocopherol
tended to decline with maternal age (p > 0.05) parity (p > 0.05) and duration of breastfeeding. Similarly, family socio-economic status did not significantly influence mean BM alphatocopherol levels. Exclusive and or prolonged breast feeding do not predispose the infant to low
vitamin E supplies through the breast milk. Further studies are advocated to evaluate the effects of other biosocial variables on the levels of BM anti-oxidant vitamins including alpha-tocopherol (Afr J Reprod Health 2009; 13[2]:55-60).

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