Breast milk?????

Melody - posted on 08/08/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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This might sounds like a stupid question but, I didnt breast feed because my baby just wasn't interested and because I was scared she wasn't getting anything and that she was real hungry while I was in the hospital, so I tried a bottle and she seemed to have more interest in that. Anyways back to what I would like to know. How long does breast milk last in your breast. I had been 7 months since I had my little girl and noticed last night that there is still something there, but i don't leak.

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Candice - posted on 08/12/2009

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Don't pump because that will just make you produce more milk not dry you out!

Candice - posted on 08/12/2009

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It last a while afterwards but I heard putting cabbage in your bra will dry you out. If you take hot showers it gives you stimulation which makes you continue to make milk, so don't take hot showers and try cabbage. If your baby wants to try to breast feed again, your body will make enough for your baby!

Kate CP - posted on 08/11/2009

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Oh, honey I haven't nursed in over 3 years and I still lactate when I hear a new born baby cry. It can last for a while.

Angela - posted on 08/11/2009

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I agree with Jodi. It varies from person to person and pregnacy to pregnacy. My oldest only nursed for almost 3 months because I simply could not satisfy him. I remember drying up pretty quickly. My youngest nursed for just over a year and I thought I'd never stop leaking. It got more gradual but seemed to drag on forever.

Melody - posted on 08/08/2009

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Congrats Tara. You know i have to say that i really like circle of moms because people like all you girls that have commented and a person can lot and things in many different ways and get a lot of answer they are looking for. Now that i have a conversation going, i am sure to hear from you all a lot more and also more from others to. thx mums, lol.

Tara - posted on 08/08/2009

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My mom could express a little breast milk every time she had her period until she hit menopause in her forties, so it just depends on the woman I guess. My milk dried up with my first daughter because I had a really bad uterine infection, but I could still get a little to express all the way up until I got pregnant again, then it stopped until I hit about 26 weeks along - I'm now back to having a little milk production in preparation for my next baby (due September).

Tamara - posted on 08/08/2009

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Quoting Melissa:



wow my disapeared pretty quick im surprised it can last that long -)








I weaned at 18 months and 4 months later, I can still express some milk.

Jodi - posted on 08/08/2009

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Melody, femal hormones are strange things (which is why the guys will never have a clue!!). There are many situations where a woman has been able to resume breastfeeding after a break from it for whatever reason. But that is entirely up to you. If you feel you have missed out on something, pumping regularly will increase the milk again if it is still there, and eventually, there will be a supply built up and you will be able to breastfeed. But if you are not interested, as Sharon said, just skip it. It will eventually dry up.



In my experience (which is only 2 kids, so not huge), once they are already on a bottle, they get lazy (bottlefeeding is easier for them) and they reject the breast, so you could go to the effort and it wouldn't work anyway.

Sharon - posted on 08/08/2009

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If you want to offer breast milk you can try pumping. If you're not interested in expressing breast milk - then skip it.

Melody - posted on 08/08/2009

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Would that be a good idea thou? like they don't hurt or anything and its like not even the size of a pea when i notice it. Also i am not leaking. Could there be a chance of that happening if i was pregnant again and just didn't know it yet?

Cindy - posted on 08/08/2009

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Hey it seems like I went pretty long in comparison to these ladies I nursed my last one until she was 2 years old. She remembers it and is 3 and a half now was a great experience for me with her and my first daughter. my suggestion is get a breast pump (if you don't already have on) and try that. The pump may take a little longer, and you should be in a relaxed atmosphere if you can it helps with the lactating. Good luck, and just do your best your love is the most important thing!!!

Melody - posted on 08/08/2009

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Ya that is true, even though she doesn't cry very often at all she still cries at times. I just thought it was so weird because i haven't noticed anything there at all for a long time now, and then all of a sudden I noticed something, lol.

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I don't recall how long I had milk but I am not surprised that you still have some. It takes a while for it to dry up and since you have a little baby still, dealing with a baby (hearing it cry, holding it) is what causes your body to release hormones to make milk. Even if you are not nursing I can see how you would still be producing a little milk.

Melody - posted on 08/08/2009

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Thats what I figured but I was not to sure and was looking for answers/opinion. I just thought it was weird because 7 months seems a long time, lol.

Jodi - posted on 08/08/2009

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It varies from person to person, and also from pregnany to pregnancy! With my son, when I stopped breastfeeding him at 6 weeks, I was totally dry within a day - I had hardly any milk at all (which is why I gave up). With my daughter, I breastfed until 8 weeks, and it took months for it to totally dry up. I leaked regularly for about a month, and then probably still had milk for at least 3 or 4 months after that (I can't remember exactly), not leaking, but I noticed it when I was in the shower.

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