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Improving Pasteurization to Preserve the Biological Components of Donated Human Milk
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CitationGaya A, Calvo J. Improving Pasteurization to Preserve the Biological Components of Donated Human Milk. Front Pediatr. 2018 Oct 09;6:288.
Donor human milk (DHM) in human milk banks (HMB) is routinely subjected to heat treatment to ensure microbiological security, most guidelines recommending a temperature of 62. 5 degrees C for 30 min. However, this procedure negatively impacts on milk quality, due to the destruction of biological components. Different studies have called for a more respectful treatment of DHM to preserve its properties, and have explored the use of alternative technologies. There is also clear evidence that bacterial and viral contamination in human milk can be effectively destroyed by temperatures lower than that currently recommended (62.5 degrees C). Thus, a simple option would be to optimize the conventional pasteurization technique so the treated milk is free of infectious elements yet retains a maximum amount of biological components. An advantage of this approach is that it would be unnecessary to replace the pasteurization equipment currently available in most HMB. On the basis of a literature review, we here analyze and discuss evidence that pasteurization of human milk at a temperature below 62.5 degrees C results in an improved preservation of its properties without compromising safety regarding the transmission of infectious agents.
Keywordsdonated human milk
human milk bank
biological components of milk
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