Patterns of serum glucose and galactose concentrations in term newborn infants after milk feeding

Carol D. Siegel, John W. Sparks, Frederick C. Battaglia

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Galactose and glucose concentrations were measured in peripheral blood in relation to ad libitum milk feeding in 11 healthy near-term infants. Galactose and glucose concentrations before feeding averaged 1.06 ± 0.21 and 60.3 ± 3.2 mg/dl, respectively. After feedings containing 0.76-2.68 g lactose/kg body weight, both galactose and glucose rose by approximately 35%. Galactose concentrations rose by 0.72 ±0.10 mg/dl at 30 min after feeding, while glucose concentration rose by 23.3 ± 2.5 mg/dl at 30 min after feeding. The 25-fold greater absolute increase in the concentration of glucose than galactose is consistent with efficient first-pass clearance of galactose by the neonatal liver.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-306
Number of pages6
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1988



  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Lactose
  • Milk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental Biology

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