Quantitative measurement of water consumption patterns in lactating female and neonatal Fischer 344 rats employing [14C]methylcellulose.


Lactating female and neonatal Fischer 344 rats were given water containing [14C]methylcellulose, a nonabsorbed marker, over a 24-hr interval on Days 13, 15, 18, 21, 24, and 27 postpartum. The amount of water consumed was calculated based on the 14C activity recovered in the feces and gastrointestinal tract. Maternal water consumption during the first 28… (More)


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