Still producing milk after 9 months of no breastfeeding..?

Keera - posted on 04/29/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Ok..So I haven't breastfed my son (bottle or direct) in about 9 months but I'm still producing small amounts of milk. My breast aren't swollen but time to time they will leak. All my dr says is "well you should have quit producing around 6 months." Also they have made me take 3 pregnancy tests just to prove I'm not pregnant. (changing to a new dr soon)...Anyway, is it normal that I'm still producing milk 9 months later?

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Melanie - posted on 04/30/2011

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my youngest is 4 and until just after her last birthday i could still get milk outta my breasts...i did not spot or leak but it was still there 3.5 years later...I had a hysterectomy and they seems to have dried up....my sis in law's son is 14 now and i think in the last few years finally stopped having any milk....I didn't take any prescriptions to dry up my breasts because there was a chance of depression...I know this does not help much but just wanted to let you know that in my bubble, you are normal.

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/29/2011

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i also read putting cabbage on your Nipples can help dry it up....no idea if thats true or not.my one couson swears by it its a natural thing to try at home

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/29/2011

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i dont remember the name, your doctor should be able to prescribe it if they have it in the US. here there is a tiny pill you take for 7 days and it dries it up. i didnt need it my breastmilk didnt come.:)

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Charlette - posted on 02/02/2013

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This is not uncommon, nor does it pose any health risks to you. It just take time for the milk to dry up. I weaned my baby 6 months ago and I am still producing small amounts of breast milk. Check with your new doctor and while you wait to find one check out this website I found that cover this topic. I too was concerned about my breasts still leaking months after I had weaned my baby. http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-w...

http://community.babycenter.com/post/a26...

Brandy - posted on 10/17/2012

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I don't believe that doctors prescribe the shots and pills to 'dry up' milk anymore. They had serious side effects including stroke and cancer!

Elizabeth - posted on 04/30/2011

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Hi Keera,

try reading this article from the ABA about lactation suppression: http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/l...



It does mention the cabbage leaves and also prescribed drugs available from your doctor. I guess that there isn't any problem with the continued lactation, but I can imagine that it would be extremely frustrating especially if you are still leaking!

Good luck

Tara - posted on 04/30/2011

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There are things your doctor can give you to help dry up your milk that might help. I have to let you know though that it is possible that it may just be hormone-related and could possibly continue off and on until you hit menopause. My mom produced small amounts of milk off and on around the times she had her period right up until she went into menopause. I wasn't able to breastfeed either of my girls for very long (not enough milk) but I still occasionally get a little bit of milk production going on around the time I have my period and my youngest is now 18 months.
Hopefully for you it will be a quick fix (but given how your doctor sounds I'd look into a new doctor).

Keera - posted on 04/29/2011

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Keli - Do you know the name of any? I'm looking it up but so far I haven't found any I can get in the US

Keera - posted on 04/29/2011

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lol =] Thanks Victoria. Yhe dr I've been going to like the past few months is TERRIBLE! And the nurses are really rude! But since I'm on medicaid it's hard to find a dr close to me because so many are full.

Victoria - posted on 04/29/2011

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Sorry, I should explain. It doesn't seem detrimental at all, but a second opinion (other than on here) could be helpful.

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