How long does it take for breasts to stop producing milk?

Ruta Jane - posted on 07/19/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is 15 months old and I stopped breast feeding a year ago because of the problems we were having with it. If I squeeze, milk will still come out of my breasts. Does any one know if this is normal? And when does it stop? Should I be concerned?

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Brittney - posted on 07/20/2010

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I tried breastfeeding my son in the hospital. But.. Kinda embarrassing... but I have really really super sensitive nipples and I just couldn't do it.. Kinda a good thing though because I had a high fever for almost a week and couldn't see my son in the nursery so I wouldn't get him sick. But anyway. My breast swelled for about 3 days after I finally got out of the hospital and that was it.. No more milk at all. Probably because I only breastfed for a total of 15 minutes. Lol.

Jen - posted on 07/19/2010

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I noticed the same thing about a year after I stopped nursing. Apparently it's normal and just has to do with stimulation. I never asked the doctor about it, but I figured maybe the hormones in my pill had something to do with it.

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Jennifer - posted on 07/20/2010

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its normal, some women it just takes longer to dry up. squeezing your nipples wont send the message to produce more milk unless you are actually expressing milk very often so don't worry about that.

Anna - posted on 07/19/2010

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Mine mostly dried up after about a month, but I still get a small amount if I squeeze my nipples (still some leakage, too). I'm not sure if the body reabsorbs what it created or not, so it's possible it's "leftovers".........which is weird to think about. ;)

Keara - posted on 07/19/2010

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Put cabbage leaves in your bra... it apparently draws the milk thats in there out and dries up the rest of it... u'll smell funny for a couple days tho... lol good luck... other than that ask ur doctor if you are concerned...

Ruta Jane - posted on 07/19/2010

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I haven't squeezed my breasts to check for milk in about 6 months, which is why I became concerned that there is still milk in there. How long should I leave them alone for?

Tyneisha - posted on 07/19/2010

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You have to leave your breast alone. When you sqeeze them, you stimulate milk production. When I wanted my milk to dry up, I wore a tight bra to restrict stimulation. It worked for me. You may become engorged, but if you keep drawing milk, it tells your breast to produce more to meet the demand of milk needed by your baby. My method is very old school. I also heard from a doctor that if you put lettuce leaves in your bra against your breast, your milk will dry up.

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