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Name: Sheryl
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I have not nursed my daughter in 5 months, but by some bizzare occurance, I still have milk! Once in a blue moon, I'll squeeze and milk still comes out. Now I'm pregnant with #2, and today I noticed more milk than usual coming out! I'm barely 5 weeks pg too! Will I ever dry up from baby #1, or will I keep producing for the next 8 months or so?
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Name: Lori | Date: Jan 14th, 2006 1:19 PM
After 19 yrs I am still lactating also. However I found out through my doctor that is because my thyroid gland doesn't work properly and when it is not at the correct level I produce milk too. I was also told to stop squeezing your breast when you have the let down feeling, because that isn't helping matters at all. Even though it may be tempting to try and get rid of that feeling don't squeeze the breast tissue. Save it for the 2nd baby when its born. I was also told that you can put cabbage leaves on the breast, there is something in the cabbage leaves that will help sooth, and possibly dry up the milk somewhat. Good luck 

Name: Michele | Date: Jan 14th, 2006 3:49 PM
It takes awhile to completely dry up. I stopped 7 months ago and can still get some. Of course I don't pump or any thing or it would never go away!!! Since you are pregnant again and have those hormones going, you will probably just keep going!! 

Name: 3 time nursing mom | Date: Jan 15th, 2006 10:42 PM
3 years after weaning, I was able to get a teeny amount out (just out of curiosity), so I do not think your situation is bizarre at all. Most women still are able to lactate a few months or years after weaning. It is only a small amount, and if they were intending to feed a baby, they would need to work a bit to put out a suitable amount. But since they have no need to, they do not check, and do not realize they are still able to produce milk.

I highly doubt your milk will fully 'dry up' now that you are pregnant. Your hormones are prepping your body for another child, so your body will not discourage the lactating process. The birthing process will bring on the colostrom, so I wouldn't worry about that coming on too soon.

Since you haven't nursed your daughter for awhile, and do not wish to start up again, just let your breasts be. Since it has been 5 months, your milk supply should not increase greatly, and should not cause you any discomfort.

Congratulations! 

Name: crystal | Date: Jan 22nd, 2006 5:37 PM
my son is three years old and I still have milk not a lot just a little 

Name: Jen | Date: Jan 25th, 2006 2:39 PM
boy thats weird, i've never heard of anything like that.i only breastfed for a few months and that was only when i felt like it. i certaintly wasn't going to plan my life around it. anyways, milk only came out when i did that, but i never really lactated. i decided breastfeeding didn't fit my lifestle and i've only done it a few times 

Name: Tabrah | Date: Feb 13th, 2006 9:09 PM
I'm so glad I found this place. Googled all sorts of different way sto findd what I was looking for. The "baby" will be 5 in a few days, haven't nursed in about 4.5 years (He's #5 btw). I've noticed a lot of let-down type feelings lately; so the other day I gave a little squeeze and low and behold...seemed to be a combination of colustrum and hind milk. Pretty strange; but I'm glad I'm not alone. 


Name: 3 time nursing mom | Date: Feb 14th, 2006 12:59 AM
Tabrah,
I find it interesting that you are having 'let-down' feelings. That is rather unusual I think. But then again, I may be wrong.


For me, before this last one, there were a good many years between the previous one, and a couple of times I had a 'memory sensation' of a let down feeling, but they were singular occasions with months or years in between. Plus, I nursed all my children past their 2nd year.

Personally, if I was having more then an extremely rare sensation of milk letdown, I mean if it were happening fairly regularily, I would consider talking to my ob/gyn, just in case.

You weren't too explicit to your let down sensations, so I don't know if that is the case with you or not.

But then again, since your last was #5 and I am assuming you probably nursed at least a few of the older siblings, maybe it isn't unusual to have let down sensations, especially if the nursing relationships were close in time to each other.

Yet I would wonder why the sensations have come 'lately' as you put it, and why did you not have them, for instance, last year.

hmm
just some thoughts. 

Name: Tabrah | Date: Feb 16th, 2006 12:50 AM
3 time mom...yes I nursed all of my kids, (longest about 18 months) and I do remember an occasional "let down type" feeling in the past. It just seems lately it's happening with a lot more frequency. Could be part of the hormonal struggles of a 30*coughsputter*7 year old mom with 5 kids. Seems I'm going through puberty or pregnancy symptoms all over again. The tender breasts, the acne and now the let-downs??? It's not so much the full breast, but the warm tingles...I guess like you say memory sensations? I swear sometimes though I feel like I should check my shirt!!! I know i'm not leaking (THANK GAWD!!!) I also know that I'm not pregnant. *nods* my IUD has been very handy for the last (nearly) 5 years. 

Name: 3 time nursing mom | Date: Feb 17th, 2006 5:35 AM
Tabrah,
a friend of mine was just telling me that there are women experiencing menopause much earlier then what is commonly thought to be usual, like in their 30's or even their late 20's! I cannot recall where she said she got that information (which she did share with me, I just do not remember), so obviously this is not necessarily a reliable source coming from me, lol .

But maybe, just maybe, you might be experiencing menopause????
Maybe not.
Are you sure you are not pregnant? 

Name: 3 time nursing mom | Date: Feb 17th, 2006 5:38 AM
oh, I meant to add, you may want to make sure that you do not have an ectopic pregnancy. 

Name: toni | Date: Mar 1st, 2006 4:02 PM
This is my first child, and i never breast fed her ,not even once. After 3 yrs I still have breast milk and it wont go away. My doctor said it could be my thyroid, I just don't know. My breasts are just so huge and my milk ducts on the side of my breasts are just so big and fat cause my milk won't go away, it is so hard on my back and I cant find any bras or shirts to fit me very well. My breasts are just not very pretty anymore, there just huge and out of control. " HELP" 

Name: Isabel | Date: Mar 15th, 2006 9:10 AM
This is crazy i just noticed yesterday that i was still lactating. It's been a year since i've breast fed my baby. How is this still possible? I'm currently under medication for my post partum depression. Could it be my medicine causing this? Or could it be that my hormones are off and that's why i'm still producing milk? 

Name: Jane | Date: Mar 15th, 2006 12:33 PM
Wow, just referred here by a friend from curezone. So glad to hear that other woman are having this experience. I am a 3 time nurser also. I stopped breast feeding nearly 7 years ago and still have colostrum mixed with milk come from my breast if they are squeezed a bit. Mostly it happens if I am in a warm tub of water. It never bothered me until a friend of mine who is an RN suggested that I may have a pituitary gland problem. Did a little research and found out the name of this is called Galactorrhea. Pretty interesting stuff. It kind of freaked me out at first, but after reading some of your post, I'm not so worried. Also, when I breast fed my babies I probably could have expressed a truck load of milk out. Never had a problem producing 

Name: Shelly | Date: Mar 15th, 2006 1:57 PM
If you don't get pregnant too soon after #2 you milk will dry. But you have to remember every woman is different. Make sure the man is not suckling too hard after you stop breastfeeding #2. 

Name: shelly | Date: Mar 15th, 2006 2:01 PM
My son is 11 years old, and I had a miscarriage in 2003. Now my husband are trying again. I have not had a positive test yet!!!, however I noticed 2 two weeks my breasts were leaking the "clear stuff". It freaked me out. I am confused about the whole situation. My breast have gotten firm and tender mostly at night. I have not taken another pg test for fear of it being negative. I have had regular cycles, but they are getting shorter. I have had my hormones and thyroid checked and everything is normal from a natural and and pharmalogical standpoint.. 

Name: Corinna | Date: Mar 15th, 2006 4:09 PM
Wow,I really thought I was the only one with theses lactating problems. I weaned my 2 yr old almost 9 monthes ago but just recently,colostum has been secreting out. But does anyone have severe breast tenderness with this???I mean cant even wear a bra comfortably..... I cant even enjoy a shower these days. Is this a pregnancy possibility.? I just moved and dont have an obgyn to ask yet..... 

Name: lisa | Date: Mar 18th, 2006 4:10 PM
I am 25 yr old single mom of a 22 month old son. I have been lactating since I had my son. I would love to know what I can do about this problem. I had enough with pumping out the milk twice a day. 

Name: Glenda | Date: Mar 25th, 2006 2:51 PM
I have never had a baby and I am lactating so I guess all of the above moms are alot better off than me.... hehe!! I guess I still do not know if it's normal for me since I have never had a child, but I am glad to know that in some way there are other woman who have the same thing happening to them!! 

Name: Karin | Date: Mar 27th, 2006 11:21 PM
I mentioned to a friend (an OB/GYN) that I am still lactating 4 months after I stopped nursing my now 14 month-old. She says that sometimes this can mean that your hormones are off and recommended that I follow up with my OB for a blood draw. Possible issues with thyroid and or elevated prolactin levels. I plan to check it out. I do experience the let-down sensation, but also when the baby cries a lot, I leak--as in big wet spot on my shirt! I'm glad to know that I'm not alone though. Thanks for your posts. 

Name: Jackie | Date: Apr 6th, 2006 10:43 PM
I thought I was going crazy, but I'm so happy to have found this... it's been almost 8 mths since I stopped bf'ing my now 20 mth old... I was on over-producer with both of my kids, but I thought for sure my milk should have dried up by now. Every now and then I've been noticing a tingling feeling, and sure enough if I squeeze... there's still a little bit of milk there. I'm interested to read about the possible thyroid gland link since at my recent annual exam my doctor mentioned abnormal readings, but he thought it was a problem with the test and suggested re-testing in a few mths. I think I'll mention this to him, I can't remember if it came up or not. Thanks to all of you!! 

Name: April | Date: Apr 7th, 2006 2:19 AM
My son was born at 25 weeks (micro preemie) It took me days to even get one drop of colostrum out and he is now 16 months and I only breastfed with him latching on about 4 times because he was so small but I pumped for months. its been about a year since I stopped and I still have milk I noticed it a few months ago and I recently checked again and its more then before it actually shot out instead of oozed sorry if tmi. The weird thing is my supply never actually reached its peak its was always kinda skimpy. At first I thought it was because he was premature and my body just wasnt ready to stop when I did. I dont know what the problem could be but you guys have help me alot I will ask my ob/gyn to check for thyroid problems. 

Name: Mandi | Date: Apr 19th, 2006 12:45 PM
I have read the comments below and see that most of the women can express milk after weaning. I stopped nursing in Dec. 05 and haven't leaked until about a week ago but not just a couple of drops! Its pouring out! Its almost as if I just started nursing. I just recently felt the tingling feeling again too. Could this be normal? Could I be pregnant again? 

Name: Jessica | Date: Apr 21st, 2006 12:43 PM
Wow! What a relief! My baby has been weaned for 5 months now and I still have letdown feelings and I am still producing tiny amounts of milk. It's good to know that I'm not crazy! 

Name: Jessica | Date: May 16th, 2006 2:24 PM
Yeah, today i noticed that milk still comes out after not breastfeeding for 7 months or so.. not alot, and anoly when i squeeze them, but i do notice that if my boyfriends squeezes them too hard or sucks too hard then for the next couple days they hurt. Its really weird.. but nice nto to be the only one.. i was all paranoid thinking i was pregnant again or something even though i use protection 

Name: Dar | Date: May 20th, 2006 12:16 AM
My son (and 2nd child nursed) weaned himself (to my dismay) at just past 12 months. I continued to offer it for 3 more months, but to no avail. I have noticed a mild leaking sensation every once in a while (it's been almost 2 years since I nursed) but tonight for the first time I noticed a definate 'let down' sensation in both of my breasts, that warm tingly suddenly fuller feeling,(usually I just feel the milder leaking feeling in my left one), and sure enough I barely squeezed them and milk came out of both. I also have low blood pressure & possibly hypoglycemic. I wonder if it is all related. I often don't have much energy (we have been under a lot of stress), although mentally I am holding it together fairly well. I wonder if it's all related to some kind of imbalance. I am 30 yrs old so am not sure about the menopause possibilty. 

Name: Dar | Date: May 20th, 2006 12:17 AM
Oh yeah - there is no possiblity of me being pregnant, so it's not that. 

Name: JDY | Date: May 29th, 2006 12:06 AM
I thought there was something wierd happening to me. but, I am glad to find out that there are others like me.
I have three children and never really breast fed my kids maybe a couple of days but thats all now with my last child he will turn three in august I didnt even attempt to breast feed. anyways I still have milk coming out and my breast feels sore at times. My doctor cant explain it to me whats wrong. he is clueless. So he prescribed medication that may stop me from lactating. took it for two months but really no results. So I am gonna seek natural care and seek out a herbalist to see if they maybe able to help me STOP the lacatating problem. I'll post my results to let you know if and what happen. 

Name: Dana | Date: May 30th, 2006 3:26 PM
I'm so glad i found this site! I've been breast feeding my son who is now five. And I hadn't planned on stopping but lately he's been acting as though he doesn't like it. Does this mean it's time to stop? 

Name: DIane | Date: Jun 6th, 2006 2:23 PM
Insist on seeing an Endocrinologist. This could mean a pituitary tumor. 

Name: JDY | Date: Jun 6th, 2006 8:51 PM
YES, I did have a Cat-scan and a MRI done. That was my doctors first conclusion and thank god nothing and I had my hormone levels tested blood work done. all normal.
thats why my doctor is clueless. no real medical reason for this problem. so im trying to do some research on my own. if anyone has any ideas or sugestions please write. thanks 

Name: janet | Date: Jul 11th, 2006 4:42 PM
i have a 2.5 month old i only breast fed one week then stopped. my milk has been gone for the last month or more, but todat i had alot of milk discharge does anyone know if that may be a sign that i am pregnant again? and does anyone know if it is harder or easier to get pregnant soon after giving birth thanks 

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