Physiology, Nutrition, and Breast-Feeding

  • Margaret C. Neville
  • Marianne R. Neifert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Margaret C. Neville, Marianne R. Neifert
      Pages 3-20
  3. The Scientific Basis of Lactation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Stanley F. Gould
      Pages 23-47
    3. Margaret C. Neville, Jonathan C. Allen, Christopher Watters
      Pages 49-102
    4. Margaret C. Neville
      Pages 103-140
    5. Margaret C. Neville, Sally E. Berga
      Pages 141-177
  4. The Nutritional and Immunologic Significance of Mammary Secretions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Clare E. Casey, K. Michael Hambidge
      Pages 199-248
    3. Anthony R. Hayward
      Pages 249-270
  5. Medical Management of Breast-Feeding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Marianne R. Neifert
      Pages 273-301
    3. Marianne R. Neifert
      Pages 303-332
    4. James A. McGregor, Marianne R. Neifert
      Pages 333-348
    5. Robin Dee Post, Rhoda Singer
      Pages 349-366
    6. Robert G. Peterson, Watson A. Bowes Jr.
      Pages 367-403
    7. James A. McGregor
      Pages 405-421
    8. Mary B. Mockus, Kathryn B. Horwitz
      Pages 423-439
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 441-466

About this book


This book had its genesIs In the frustrations of the editors in locating authoritative, up-to-date material for an interdisciplinary graduate course in mammary gland biology, lactation, and breast-feeding. As we turned to the original literature several reasons for the dearth of usable material became clear: (1) In the areas of mammary gland biology and physiology, particularly as they relate to the human, reviews simply have not kept up with current research, which has in the last two decades provided tremendous insight into the mechanisms of milk secretion and its control. (2) The lack of interest in human milk as infant food inhibited researchers until very recently from investigating human lactation. (3) Much of the relevant clinical information remains anecdotal with little scientific basis. In this book we have tried to present the fundamentals of mammary gland physiology at the organismic and cellular levels in a form readily understood by physicians, scientists, and other professionals. This basic information is accompanied by authoritative reviews of the nutritional and immunological properties of human milk and by clinically relevant chapters designed to help health care professionals deal with the medical problems of the breast-feeding mother and her infant. We have strived in these chapters for up-to-date, authoritative, but readable accounts. In so far as possible we have avoided areas where much of our understanding rests on speculation. In the clinical domain this was not always possible because of a lack of solid, scientific information about breast-feeding.


Embryo biology food information nutrition physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Margaret C. Neville
    • 1
  • Marianne R. Neifert
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineDenverUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineDenverUSA

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