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
  1. noun
    the production and secretion of milk by the mammary glands
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    type of:
    activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process
    an organic process that takes place in the body
  2. noun
    the period following birth during which milk is secreted
    lactation normally continues until weaning”
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    type of:
    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
  3. noun
    feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast
    synonyms: suckling
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    type of:
    alimentation, feeding
    the act of supplying food and nourishment
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