Breast Feeding and the Mother—the Physiology of Lactation

  • G. J. Ebrahim
Part of the Macmillan Tropical Community Health Manuals book series


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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Further Reading

  1. 1.
    Frank E. Hytten and Isabella Leitch, The Physiology of Pregnancy ( Oxford: Blackwell, 1971 ).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Breast Feeding and the Mother’, Ciba Foundation Symposium 45 (N.S.), Elsevier; Excerpta Medica, North-Holland (1976).Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    S. K. Kon and A. T. Cowie (eds), Milk: the Mammary Gland and its Secretion, vols 1–2 (London and New York: Academic Press, 1964 ).Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    N. Newton and M. Newton, ‘Psychological Aspects of Lactation’, New Eng. J. Med. 277, 1179 (1967).PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© G. J. Ebrahim 1978

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