Effects of the withdrawal of solid food on maternal milk intake and the development of young rats

Babický, A.; Vobecký, M.; Valásek, J.

Physiologia Bohemoslovaca 33(3): 217-223


ISSN/ISBN: 0369-9463
PMID: 6540881
Accession: 001192912

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Young rats deprived of solid food will survive on mother's milk only for about seven weeks but their development will become arrested completely. As soon as they receive solid food their development recommences immediately at the same rate as that of control infant rats. However, young rats still continue to take maternal milk for about one more week, which is the result of the gradual extinction of the sucking reflex depending the maturity of the young rats.