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Table 1 Frequency of maternal behaviors during the first 10 days postpartum in UCh lactating females (n = 12/group)

From: Variations in maternal care alter corticosterone and 17beta-estradiol levels, estrous cycle and folliculogenesis and stimulate the expression of estrogen receptors alpha and beta in the ovaries of UCh rats

Behaviors UChA Mothers UChB Mothers
Carrying 11.21 ± 1.83 4.97 ± 0.70**
Licking/Grooming (L/G) 1.99 ± 0.24 1.01 ± 0.08*
Arched-Back Nursing and L/G 2.30 ± 0.19 0.98 ± 0.09***
Arched-Back Nursing 8.38 ± 0.17 5.05 ± 0.40***
Passive Nursing 1.28 ± 0.27 1.50 ± 0.22
Contact with the pups 3.67 ± 0.34 3.17 ± 0.47
  1. * p < 0.005; **p < 0.001; ***p < 0.0001. Mann-Whitney test. Values are expressed as means ± SEM