Anatomy & Physiology: Breastfeeding by mothers who were not recently pregnant

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Pre module evaluation
Structure of the Human Breast
Physiology of Breastfeeding
Milk Composition
Mature Milk Components
Post module evaluation

Mothers who have breastfed previously and have adopted a child have been successful in producing milk based on stimulation of their breast alone by the infant suckling at their breast. This is a slow process and some mothers may never produce enough milk to totally feed their child. This is termed relactation.

Women who have never been pregnant and whose breasts have not undergone the hormonal preparation of pregnancy may produce a small amount of milk based only on infant suckling at the breast. However, these women usually produce less milk than women whose breasts have been primed for breastfeeding by a prior pregnancy.

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