lactation breastfeeding, or
the secretion of breast milk.
enlarged portion of the mammary or milk duct where breast milk pools during breastfeeding.
The sinuses are behind the areola and connect to the nipple.
lactose a sugar found in milk
and milk products like cheese, cream, and butter.
lamaze a philosophy of giving
birth developed by Dr. Ferdinand Lamaze. The goal of Lamaze classes is to increase women's
confidence in their ability to give birth. Lamaze classes teach women simple coping
strategies for labor, including focused breathing. But Lamaze also teaches that breathing
techniques are just one of the many things that help women in labor. Movement,
positioning, labor support, massage, relaxation, hydrotherapy and the use of heat and cold
are some others.
laxative medicines that will
make you have a bowel movement.
lead a metal that can make infants
and young children sick.
lesion an infected or diseased
area of skin.
let-down reflex, or milk-ejection reflex
A conditioned reflex ejecting milk from the alveoli through the ducts to the
sinuses of the breast and the nipple.
libido sexual drive.
local analgesic An
analgesic is a drug that relieves pain. Pain-relieving drugs can be given to a woman
during labor and delivery locally through a needle inserted into a muscle (intra-muscular)
or under the skin (subcutaneous).
luteal phase defect problems with
the uterine lining that can affect a womans ability to get pregnant and have a
a hormone that triggers ovulation and stimulates the corpus luteum (empty follicle) to
Lyme disease a bacterial illness
caused by a bacterium called a "spirochete" that is transmitted to humans from
the bite of a deer tick. It can cause abnormalities in the skin, joints, heart and nervous
lymph the almost colorless fluid
that travels through the lymphatic system and carries cells that help fight infection and
disease. Lymph tissue in the breast helps remove waste.