Question regarding lactation

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Describe the process of lactation and which hormones are involved in the process. What are the benefits of breastfeeding over bottle-feeding for infants?

*This is a question for the discussion board in my biology class. This does not have to be more than 1/2 page for an answer

Dec 10th, 2015

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lactation is the process by which milk is secreted from the mammary glands of the mother of an infant for a given period of time so as to feed her young one. the milk comes from the nipples but the platypus

releases milk through ducts in its abdomen.

colostrum is the first milk a baby is fed. it contains higher amounts of white blood cells and antibodies than a mature milk.

Over the first two weeks after the birth, colostrum production slowly gives way to mature breast milk .At birth, prolactin levels remain high, while the delivery of the placenta results in a sudden drop in progesterone, estrogen, and HPL levels. This abrupt withdrawal of progesterone in the presence of high prolactin levels stimulates the copious milk production of Lactogenesis II .

By the fifth or sixth month of pregnancy, the breasts are ready to produce milk. During the latter part of pregnancy, the woman's breasts enter into the Lactogenesis I stage.

At this stage, high levels of progesterone inhibit most milk production. It is not a medical concern if a pregnant woman leaks any colostrum before her baby's birth, nor is it an indication of future milk production

breast milk is beneficial because it is nutritious and natural.

breast milking also induces a period of infertility.

breast milk protects the baby from sicknesses




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