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Breastfeeding and weaning

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Question 1
Which hormone is responsible for milk let-down?
A
Progesterone
B
Prolactin
C
Oestrogen
D
Oxytocin
Question 1 Explanation: 
The correct answer is oxytocin.
Question 2
Which cells in the breast does oxytocin work on to induce milk let-down?
A
Acinar
B
Myoepithelial
C
Adipose
D
Epithelial
Question 2 Explanation: 
Oxytocin causes the myoepithelial cells to contract, which results in release of milk into the lactiferous ducts and sinuses
Question 3
Which hormone is responsible for the production of milk?
A
Progesterone
B
Prolactin
C
Oestrogen
D
Oxytocin
Question 4
Which hormones prevent galactopoeisis before birth?
A
Progesterone
B
Prolactin
C
Oxytocin
D
Oestrogen
Question 4 Explanation: 
The high plasma concentrations of oestrogen and progesterone present before delivery inhibit the active secretory effects of prolactin on mammary alveolar epithelium.
Question 5
How long can the breast store milk before there is a substantial decrease in milk production?
A
6 hours
B
12 hours
C
24 hours
D
48 hours
Question 5 Explanation: 
If left unemptied, there is diminished stimulation of the glandular epithelium by prolactin.
Question 6
How long after the cessation of lactation will the breasts have maximally regressed by?
A
1 month
B
3 months
C
6 months
D
12 months
Question 6 Explanation: 
By 3 months after cessation of lactation, the breasts have regressed maximally. Because they retain some of the increased fatty tissue and connective tissue elements they remain slightly larger than their pre-pregnancy size.
Question 7
Which of the following is not an advantage of breast feeding for the baby?
A
Reduction in allergic disease (eczema and wheezing)
B
Reduction in insulin-dependent Diabetes Mellitus
C
Reduction in sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
D
Reduction in the risk of eye disease in older age
Question 7 Explanation: 
The answer is option 4, all the other options are true!
Question 8
How long do the iron stores last in full term babies?
A
1 month
B
3 months
C
6 months
D
12 months
Question 8 Explanation: 
The answer is 6 months. If babies are born prematurely, this may be shorter.
Question 9
At what age should weaning start?
A
1 month
B
3 months
C
6 months
D
12 months
Question 9 Explanation: 
The correct answer is 6 months. No salt or sugar should be added to the baby's weaning diet.
Question 10
1 in how many toddlers are anaemic?
A
1 in 4
B
1 in 6
C
1 in 8
D
1 in 10
Question 10 Explanation: 
1 in 8. One in eight toddlers are anaemic, with around 35% among minority ethnic children and white children from impoverished inner-city areas.
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