When a mammal produces milk to feed her young, the process is called lactation. It's lactation that allows a mother pig to nurse her adorable piglets.

Lactation is one of the basic things all mammal mothers have in common. After giving birth, humans and other mammals naturally start the process of lactation, the amazing ability to provide all the nutrition a newborn baby needs. The word lactation comes from a Latin word root meaning "milk."

Definitions of lactation

n the production and secretion of milk by the mammary glands

Type of:
activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process
an organic process that takes place in the body

n the period following birth during which milk is secreted

lactation normally continues until weaning”
Type of:
period, period of time, time period
an amount of time

n feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast

Type of:
alimentation, feeding
the act of supplying food and nourishment

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