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Lactoferrin supplementation during pregnancy — a review of the literature and current recommendations

Paulina Gawel1, Barbara Krolak-Olejnik1
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Ginekol Pol 2023;94(7):570-580.
  1. Department and Clinic of Neonatology Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland

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Pregnancy is a period which requires special care and attention. Maintaining health during pregnancy helps to avoid birth related complications and is the best way of promoting a healthy birth. Besides a daily intake of folic acid, iron, iodine, vitamin D3 and A, calcium and polyunsaturated fatty-acids, as recommended by health agencies, supplementation of lactoferrin — a protein of multidirectional biological activity and proven safety of use — seems to be beneficial. A wide range of lactoferrin biological roles (including regulation of iron balance, modulation of immune responses, antimicrobial,
antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory activity) may contribute to better pregnancy and birth related outcomes.


Pregnancy is a period which requires special care and attention. Maintaining health during pregnancy helps to avoid birth related complications and is the best way of promoting a healthy birth. Besides a daily intake of folic acid, iron, iodine, vitamin D3 and A, calcium and polyunsaturated fatty-acids, as recommended by health agencies, supplementation of lactoferrin — a protein of multidirectional biological activity and proven safety of use — seems to be beneficial. A wide range of lactoferrin biological roles (including regulation of iron balance, modulation of immune responses, antimicrobial,
antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory activity) may contribute to better pregnancy and birth related outcomes.

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lactoferrin; supplementation; pregnancy; lactoferrin activity

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Paulina Gawel
Barbara Krolak-Olejnik

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