Definition of Lactation:

Production of milk; period after giving birth during which milk is secreted in the breasts.

Also: Lactate, Lactates, Lactating

Topics Related to Lactation

Alfalfa a treatment
“...Female Conditions: Late or irregular menstruation, menopausal problems, promotes lactation (milk supply) in nursing moms...”


...the condition
“...In people with chronic anxiety unrelated to life events, an injection of sodium lactate will trigger a panic attack...”
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Calcium a treatment
“...Calcium is also lost during lactation in breast milk...”

Calcium Requirement

...the condition
“...Breastfeeding women need an extra 550mg of calcium daily; a lactating woman can lose up to 300mg per day in breast milk...”

Clostridium Difficile Infection

...the condition
“...Testing serum lactate levels may indicate elevated lactate levels (≥5 mmol/L) in severe cases...”


...related topic
“The first (immunologically rich) milk produced by lactating mothers after giving birth...”

Dairy Products Avoidance a treatment
“...The long list of foods and ingredients to avoid includes ... lactate...”

DIM / I3C a treatment
“...Do not use this product if you are pregnant or lactating, or using birth control pills.”

Female Hair Loss

...the condition
“...Common causes of hair loss or hair thinning in women ... bromocriptine – used to inhibit lactation...”

Female Infertility

...relationship to Vitamin A Requirement
“...It is important for healthy growth, normal reproduction and lactation.”

Fennel a treatment
“...It also has been used for the treatment of gastroenteritis, indigestion, to stimulate lactation and as an expectorant and to stimulate menstrual flow...”

Folic Acid a treatment
“...More is also required during lactation, which it also aids...”

Germanium a treatment
“...Organic Germanium (Germanium sesquioxide) and Germanium lactate citrate are fairly safe but Germanium dioxide can cause permanent kidney damage...”

Hawthorn Berry Extract a treatment
“...There are no known contraindications to its use during pregnancy or lactation.  Be warned that if you do take a digitalis prescription, this could elevate your blood level and should be monitored closely by your physician...”


...the condition
“...It is primarily responsible for milk production during lactation.  In most women, hyperprolactinemia has a benign clinical course...”


...the condition
“...Symptoms of growth hormone deficiency in adults include ... in women: cessation of menses, infertility, or failure to lactate...”

Kava a treatment
“...advice: Do NOT use kava if you have liver disease or a history of liver problems or alcoholism; currently take medications or regularly consume alcohol; are under age 18; or are pregnant or lactating.  Continuous use of kava should be limited to 4 weeks and daily consumption of kava should NOT exceed 300mg of kava lactones daily...”

Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency

...relationship to Panic Attacks
“...Caffeine interferes with adenosine, a brain chemical that normally has a calming effect, and raises the level of lactate, a biochemical known to produce panic attacks.”

Maca a treatment
“...Pregnant or lactating women should avoid taking maca...”

Magnesium a treatment
“...The current RDA is about 350mg for men and 300mg for women, increasing to about 450mg during pregnancy and lactation.  Many authorities feel that the RDA should be doubled, to about 600-700mg...”
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Magnesium Requirement

...our question about Amount of recent breastfeeding
“Excessive lactation may create a significant amount of magnesium loss.”

Motherhood Issues

...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“If zinc intake is chronically low, breastfeeding further increases the risk of zinc deficiency in the mother due to the greater need for zinc during lactation.”
...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“...In a dietary study of 119 pregnant or lactating women in the United States, the average intake of DHA was 54mg/day, only 18% of that recommended by experts...”
...recommendation Vitamin A
“...Vitamin A intake of a breastfed child depends on the vitamin A status of the mother, the stage of lactation, and the quantity of breastmilk consumed...”

Multiple Myeloma

...the condition
“...A Chemistry profile checks levels of blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and blood levels of calcium, creatinine, and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH)...”


...related topic
“A peptide hormone from the pituitary that stimulates lactation; used to induce labor, manage postpartum hemorrhage, and reduce painful breast engorgement.”

Panic Attacks

...the condition
“...Eating a lot of foods high in refined sugar increases blood lactate levels and may induce panic in susceptible persons...”
...relationship to Excess Sugar Consumption
“Eating a lot of foods high in refined sugar increases blood lactate levels and may induce panic in susceptible persons.”
...recommendation Sugar Avoidance / Reduction
“Eating a lot of foods high in refined sugar increases blood lactate levels and may induce panic in susceptible individuals.”
...recommendation Alkalizing Agents/Diet
“For people with chronic anxiety unrelated to life events, injection of an acid such as sodium lactate can trigger a panic attack.”

Picrorhiza a treatment
“...No information is available concerning pregnancy or lactation, though there is no reason to suspect picrorhiza would be a problem in either situation...”


...related topic
“An anterior pituitary peptide hormone that initiates and maintains lactation.”

Restless Leg Syndrome

...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“...simply get more calcium and oxygen to your leg muscles by taking extra essential fatty acids, a specific form of vitamin E called Vitamin E2 (from Standard Process Labs, for example), and Calcium Lactate.”


...the condition
“...It comes from the pituitary gland and induces lactation.  Non-pregnant women have low levels of it and it increases about ten times in pregnant women...”

Vitamin A Requirement

...the condition
“...functions – night and color vision, wound healing, bone and tooth formation, healthy skin, normal growth, reproductive and adrenal function, cartilage development, mucous membranes/secretions and lactation.  Further, it may also be a factor in preventing cancers...”

Vitamin B3 Requirement

...the condition
“...In rare cases, a deficiency can occur in the presence of hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, cirrhosis, pregnancy or lactation.  Niacin needs are increased during pregnancy, lactation, and growth periods, as well as after physical exercise...”

Vitamin D a treatment
“...The RDA for vitamin D for adults is 200 IU; for children, teens and pregnant or lactating women it is 400 IU; for the elderly or those with poor sunlight exposure or living in high northern or southern latitudes, it is 400 – 800 IU...”

Vitex / Chasteberry a treatment
“...Chaste berries are most often used in PMS, hypermenorrhea, unusual menstrual cycling, uterine fibroids and poor lactation.  Vitex and PMS Clinical studies using vitex extract show a reduction in headaches, breast tenderness, bloating, fatigue, cravings for sweets, and also feelings of anxiety, irritability...”
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