Possible role of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide on prolactin release during suckling in lactating women

Ermanno Rolandi, Nicola Ragni, Roberto Fanceschini, Pier Luigi Venturini, Valeria Messina, Tommaso Barreca

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Abstract

The effect of suckling on plasma vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) values was evaluated in 6 nursing women on the 3rd to 4th day postpartum. Plasma prolactin (PRL) concentrations were also measured. Plasma VIP values (20.6 ± 3.2 pg/ml in baseline) significantly (p <0.05) increased, reaching a maximum (53.5 ± 10.9 pg/ml) 20 min after the starting of suckling. A possible role of VIP in the suckling-induced PRL release in humans cannot be excluded.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-215
Number of pages5
JournalHormone Research in Paediatrics
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1987

Keywords

  • Prolactin
  • Suckling
  • Vasoactive intestinal polypeptide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Rolandi, E., Ragni, N., Fanceschini, R., Venturini, P. L., Messina, V., & Barreca, T. (1987). Possible role of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide on prolactin release during suckling in lactating women. Hormone Research in Paediatrics, 27(4), 211-215. https://doi.org/10.1159/000180822