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Drugs that inhibit lactation

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The initial stimulus to milk secretion in women is thought to be either the release of a lactogenic hormone from the anterior pituitary gland, or a change in the sensitivity of the mammary glands to this hormone when placental hormones, particularly oestrogen, are withdrawn at parturition. Both factors may be involved. The administration of large doses of sex hormones soon after parturition modifies this sequence of events.

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