Special Issue "Donkey Milk and Infant Nutrition"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2020).
Interests: human milk composition; donor human milk; nutrition of preterm newborns; fortification of human milk; infant auxology; anthropometry
Interests: neonates; neonatal care; preterm infants; nutrition; food allergy; microbiota; human milk
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Until the beginning of the 20th century, donkey milk (Dm) was used to feed orphan infants, unhealthy children, and the elders. At present, consumers’ interest in Dm is increasing, and this product is gaining importance and international acceptance. Compared to ruminant milk, Dm has been studied less in the past, but research interest and financial investment in Dm have recently increased. Milk from monogastric animals, rather than from ruminants, has been suggested to be more suitable for human nutrition based on its physiochemical properties. Dm was considered as an alternative ingredient in the “solid-food-based diet” or after the first year of life in sensitive infants. Previous studies observed that Dm was tolerated by children with cow milk protein allergy. Moreover, it has also been speculated that Dm is more suitable than bovine milk to be an ingredient of a human milk fortifier for VLBW (very low birth weight) infants and preterm newborns.
The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together recent research on these topics. Submissions of original research, narrative and systematic reviews, and meta-analyses will be included.
Research evaluating different aspects of infant feeding with Dm and its relation with atopic and allergic diseases will be included.
Manuscripts that investigate Dm as a constituent of human milk fortifiers are of particular interest, but other areas of research with Dm are also welcome.
We are also interested in receiving submissions of in vitro studies or experimental animal studies evaluating nutritional aspects of Dm including energy intake, dietary patterns, diet quality, and macro- and micro-nutrients.
Prof. Enrico Bertino
Prof. Massimo Agosti
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- Donkey milk
- Donkey milk fortifier for human milk
- Preterm newborn nutrition
- Donkey milk and feeding tolerance
- Donkey milk and cow milk protein allergy
- Donkey milk and antimicrobial properties
- Biological effects and properties of donkey milk