Breast Feeding and the Mother—the Physiology of Lactation
Mammals have two characteristics — the presence of vertebrae and the nourishing of the young with milk from special milk-producing organs (mammae) of the mother. There are about 3500 known species of mammals. Naturally there is a wide variation in form, size and habit. Typical mammalian features are exhibited by man, dog, cow, rabbit and mouse. Less typical mammals are the water-dwelling whale and seal, the birdlike bat, the plated armadillo and the egg-laying duck-billed platypus.
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