Limits to sustainable energy budget during lactation in the striped hamster (Cricetulus barabensis) raising litters of different size.

@article{Zhao2010LimitsTS,
  title={Limits to sustainable energy budget during lactation in the striped hamster (Cricetulus barabensis) raising litters of different size.},
  author={Zhi-Jun Zhao and Qing-sheng Chi and Jing Cao},
  journal={Zoology},
  year={2010},
  volume={113 4},
  pages={235-42}
}
A female animal appears to approach an upper limit to the rate of sustained energy intake/metabolic rate (SusEI/MR) during lactation. However, different species of animals may respond differently to the sustainable limit. Here, we measured energy budget during lactation in female striped hamsters raising litters of natural size (Con), and females whose litter size was manipulated during early lactation to support fewer or more pups (minus pups, MP or plus pups, PP). The striped hamsters… CONTINUE READING

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