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The Neonatal Period: Lactation and Nursing

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Which of the following most accurately describes mammary glands?

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1. Which of the following statement is true?

2. Why is it important for a newborn to breast feed within the first few days after birth?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Lactation and nursing is the process that occurs in the female body to provide the perfect food for the newborn infant. The process of lactation and nursing is covered in this assessment, including the physiology behind lactation, nursing and the stimuli that cause the milk to let down.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on lactation and nursing:

  • Type of gland that describes the mammary
  • Name of the hormone and the gland that produces the hormone that stimulates milk production
  • Reason that breast milk is so important for a newborn infant
  • Stimulus that triggers the oxytocin release
  • Benefits of breast milk to the infant

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as exocrine glands and myoepithelial cells
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as anterior pituitary and posterior pituitary
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about oxytocin and its relationship to lactation
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding colostrum and how it differs from milk

Additional Learning

To learn more about lactation, review the accompanying lesson about lactation and nursing. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define mammary glands
  • Know what an exocrine gland is
  • Understand what myoepithelial cells are, what their function is and what hormone stimulates them
  • Differentiate between the anterior pituitary gland and posterior pituitary gland and describe what hormone each gland releases
  • Define what oxytocin is and what function it performs
  • Explain what lactation is
  • Differentiate between colostrum and milk
  • Define weaning
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