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Table 3 Distribution of breast milk iron (mg/l) and lactoferrin (mg/ml) on day 1, 14 weeks and 6 months in non-anemic (group A) and anemic mothers (group B)

From: A prospective study of iron status in exclusively breastfed term infants up to 6 months of age

Breast Milk Mothers Day 1 p value* 14 weeks# p value 6 months**
   Mean ± SD   Mean ± SD   Mean ± SD
Iron (mg/l) Group A 0.89 ± 0.13 <0.01 0.34 ± 0.04 <0.01 0.26 ± 0.04
  Group B 0.86 ± 0.14 <0.01 0.33 ± 0.05 <0.01 0.27 ± 0.04
Lactoferrin (mg/ml) (n = 13) Group A 12.02 ± 2.58 <0.01 5.84 ± 1.47 0.98 5.85 ± 1.09
  Group B 12.91 ± 2.83 <0.01 6.68 ± 1.17 0.53 6.37 ± 1.33
  1. All values are mean ± SD.
  2. * Comparison within each group between day 1 and 14 weeks.
  3. † Comparison within each group between 14 weeks and 6 months.
  4. # n = 68 (Group A), n = 61 (Group B).
  5. ** n = 52 (Group A), n = 50 (Group B).