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Year : 1991  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-6

Microbiological study of breast milk with special reference to its storage in milk bank.

Department of Microbiology, L.T.M. Medical College, Sion, Bombay, Maharashtra.

Correspondence Address:
L Deodhar
Department of Microbiology, L.T.M. Medical College, Sion, Bombay, Maharashtra.

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Sixty five breast milk samples were subjected to bacteriological studies; each sample thrice (in fresh state, after heating at 1000C and freezing for 5 days at -20 degrees C). In fresh State, Staphylococci and diphtheroids were predominant organisms. After heating, none of the samples showed any micro-organisms while after freezing for 5 days, all the samples showing presence of micro-organisms earlier, showed decrease in colony counts. None of the milk samples showed inclusions of cytomegalovirus. Serum samples of mothers tested for Hepatitis B surface antigen and human immunodeficiency virus antibodies gave negative results. Such studies i.e. screening of breast milk samples are important if human milk is to be stored in banks and supplied to premature (high risk group) children.


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