What is bovine lactoferrin?
Human lactoferrin is a protein in breast milk that helps protect
infants against infection. Bovine lactoferrin is a dairy protein in
cow's milk and a normal part of our diet.
Several products containing bovine lactoferrin are listed on the
Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). Bovine lactoferrin
is classified as Generally Recognised as Safe by the United Stated
Food and Drugs Administration.
What are the study
When babies are enrolled in the study, they will be given
a) bovine lactoferrin (BLF, the
study treatment) added to the milk
b) nothing added to the milk
What are we trying to find
The main research question is whether adding bovine lactoferrin
to feeds improves survival free from infection and other
complications in very-low-birthweight babies.
How many babies are taking
A total of at least 1100 very-low-birthweight babies will take
part in this study.
Coordination, sponsorship and
This multicentre trial is coordinated by CTC
and is sponsored by the University of Sydney. Funding is provided
by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).