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Study of Human Milk in Terms of Sampling Time and Age of the Lactating Mothers

Corresponding Author : R Khatun (

Authors : M M Ahasan , M J Abedin , Shirin Akter

Keywords : Human milk, nutrients, toxic elements, Proton Induced X-ray Emission, Toxic elements

Abstract :

 Human milk is the most important common food of babies during the early years of their life all over the world. The study has been carried out in order to investigate whether the human milk varies with sampling time and age group of the sample providing lactating mothers. Certain toxic elements including Cd, Hg, Pb, etc. were also the special interest, because of their negative role in enhancing infant mortality rates. The experiments have been done with the 3 MV horizontal type (KN 3000) positive ion Van de Graaff accelerator at the Atomic Energy Center, Dhaka (AECD) by using Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) technique such as Proton induced X-ray emission (PIXE) technique. The concentrations of the elements in the afternoon (PM) samples are obtained higher than those in the morning samples (AM) and concentration levels of most of the elements are found age independent of the mothers. The measured values of obtained elements are compared with the certified values of Standard Reference and found to be compatible.  

Published on December 30th, 2012 in Volume 20, Issue 3, Applied Sciences and Technology