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Milk : the biology of lactation

Author: Michael L Power; Jay Schulkin
Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"After drawing its first breath, every newborn mammal turns his or her complete attention to obtaining milk. This primal act was once thought to stem from a basic fact: milk provides the initial source of calories and nutrients for all mammalian young. But it turns out that milk is a much more complicated biochemical cocktail and provides benefits beyond nutrition. In this fascinating book, biologists Michael L.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael L Power; Jay Schulkin
ISBN: 9781421420424 9781421420431 1421420430 1421420422
OCLC Number: 947074775
Description: viii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Of milk, mothers, and infants --
Part I. The birth of milk. 1. Feeding offspring ; 2. Origins ; 3. The molecules of milk ; 4. Prolactin and oxytocin --
Part II. Milk as a food. 5. Not quite perfection ; 6. The milk spectrum ; 7. Lactation strategies --
Part III. More than food. 8. Milk protects ; 9. Milk guides ; 10. Milk regulates ; 11. Developmental origins of health and disease --
Part IV. Our mother's milk. 12. Milk and human evolution ; 13. Breastfeeding, history, and health.
Responsibility: Michael L. Power and Jay Schulkin.

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The first book to discuss milk from a comparative and evolutionary perspective, Power and Schulkin's masterpiece reveals the rich biological story of the common thread that connects all mammals.  Read more...

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