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Lactation specialists

    Individuals trained in the assistance of breastfeeding. Many are RNs or have a special certificate to aid new mothers.


"Feeding a child human breast milk. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, human breast milk is preferred for all infants. This includes even premature and sick babies, with rare exceptions. It is the food least likely to cause allergic reactions; it is inexpensive; it is readily available at any hour of the day or night; babies accept the taste readily; and the antibodies in breast milk can help a baby resist infections."


An enzyme in the small intestine needed to digest milk sugar (lactose).

Lactase deficiency
Lack of the lactase enzyme. Causes lactose intolerance.

Lactated ringers and dextrose 5 per cent in plastic container
Lactated ringers and dextrose 5 per cent in plastic container is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): calcium chloride; dextrose; potassium chloride; sodium chloride; sodium lactate.

Lactated ringers in plastic container
Lactated ringers in plastic container is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): calcium chloride; potassium chloride; sodium chloride; sodium lactate .

The secretion of milk from the breasts; the period of suckling the young until weaning.

Lactic Acidosis
The buildup of lactic acid in the body. The cells make lactic acid when they use glucose (sugar) for energy. If too much lactic acid stays in the body, the balance tips and the person begins to feel ill. The signs of lactic acidosis are deep and rapid breathing, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Lactic acidosis may be caused by diabetic ketoacidosis or liver or kidney disease. Lactic acidosis is also a rare side effect of a diabetes medication called metformin.

Lactogenic hormone
The pituitary hormone that stimulates the production of milk from the mammary glands.

The sugar found in milk. The body breaks lactose down into galactose and glucose.

Lactose intolerance
Inability to digest lactose, the sugar in milk. This condition occurs because the body does not produce the lactase enzyme.

Lactose tolerance test
A test for lactase deficiency.

Lactulose is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): lactulose.


Lymph nodes
Small glands clustered in the neck, armpits, abdomen, and groin that supply infection-fighting cells to the bloodstream and filter out bacteria and other antigens.

A procedure in which lymph nodes are taken from the body for purposes of diagnosing or staging cancer.

An x-ray that uses a special dye to determine whether cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.

The process of childbirth, in which the rhythmic contractions of the uterine muscles open the cervix and allow a baby to be born.

Labor room
A room designed to accommodate a woman's labor, delivery, and recovery.

Lactation specialists

Pioneered by Dr. Ferdinand Lamaze, this technique for preparing for childbirth (also called the psychoprophylactic method) is based on the idea that the best way to control pain is through knowledge and relaxation. The method emphasizes breathing techniques.

Landau's reflex
When laid face down, a 3- to 12-month-old will arch his back and raise his head.

The fine hair that covers a fetus from about 26 weeks, and is sometimesstill present at birth. A baby born at term will usually shed the hair by the end of the first week after birth.

Lay midwife
A lay midwife has experience with childbirth, but lacks medical training.Only a few states allow lay midwives to practice, and then only at home births.

The complete wardrobe of clothing and equipment needed for a newborn infant.

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