Nutritional status, suckling behavior, and prolactin release during lactation.


This experiment was conducted to determine whether suckling-induced prolactin (PRL) values in chronically food-restricted lactating rats resulted from the inability of their litters to suckle vigorously. Rats were randomly assigned to be fed ad lib (AL) or to be chronically restricted (CR) to 50% of AL before and during pregnancy and lactation. Rats nursed… (More)


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