Many monkeys and apes, like humans, have an extensive rather than intensive lactation: They give birth to single young that nurse frequently on a dilute, low-energy milk for many months to several years. However, marmosets and tamarins rear twins during a lactation period of just a few months. Among prosimian primates, some species such as lemurs (Eulemur spp.) carry their young and nurse frequently, while others, such as bushbabies (Otolemur spp.), leave their young in nests and return to nurse at intervals. The former produce dilute milks like most monkeys and apes, but the latter provide more energy-dense milks for their young.

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