Why am I still producing milk?

Ashley - posted on 06/21/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I'm six months post partum and I stopped breastfeeding when my son was two and a half months due to his appetite and my body not being able to keep up with him. When I squeeze my left breast, milk still comes out of it. My right breast seems to have dried up.



I haven't had my son nurse since I was breastfeeding and I can't figure out why I'm still producing. When will this stop? Is there something wrong with me?

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Ashley - posted on 06/21/2010

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Jennifer --

I tried letting him nurse, but he just won't have it. I would love to give him the breast milk again, but right now, the circumstances I'm under wouldn't allow me to breastfeed anymore, unfortunately. When we have our next one, though, I'm definitely going to try things differently. I agree with you and I do think breast is best. My son has not even had a sniffle *knock on wood* yet and I attribute that to breastfeeding. I am grateful that I was able to provide him with the best stuff possible for the months that I did breastfeed.

Thanks for the advice everyone! :)

Jennifer - posted on 06/21/2010

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Why not let him try again to nurse? He might still remember how and he could enjoy it and be all the healthier for it. It sounds like you got some bad advice about nursing -- no reason to stop just because he seems not to be getting enough.
If you really want it to stop, there is a tea called No More Milk that is supposed to stop it. No experience with it as I have never weaned.

Sarah - posted on 06/21/2010

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There is nothing wrong. I had to stop breast feeding for a little while and I was worried I would loose my supply but the moment I started up again it slowly came back. Took a couple days but it did. I recommend stop squeezing all together. Its basically the same things as pumping or feeding. It might not be a lot but any kind of constant stimulation will keep it going. Just leave it alone and it should stop in time. I have also seen tea or supplements to take postpartum to help with water weight and toning but you can't take it while breast feeding. This might help as well. Good luck.

Bonnie - posted on 06/21/2010

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first of all there is nothing wrong with you. It can take quite a few months to completely dry up some women have even reported having milk years afterwards. i would suggest not squeezing any milk out as this will make you reproduce it. x

Celeste - posted on 06/21/2010

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Nothing wrong with you. For some women, it can take months or even years to completely dry up. Not sure when it'll stop but you can take things to help dry you up. I know sage and mint can help dry you up.

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