Is it ok to still produce breast milk 23 months of you stop breastfeeding?!

Kayla - posted on 03/14/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )




After my daughter was born I breastfed her till she was 10 months old. She is now 33 months old and I am still producing breast milk. Is this normal? Should I be worried? I thought it should've dried up by now but it hasn't. Is it really okay to have breast milk almost 2yrs after you have stopped breastfeeding? Is there a pill I can take to dry it up? Please help me! I'm really starting to freak out about this. Is it a sign that i'm pregnant again?! Or am I overreacting? Please, I need reassurance that I am not going crazy. lol.


Nova - posted on 05/24/2011




i have 3 kids and breastfed all of them. my youngest is 4 1/2 yrs old now and i stopped breastfeeding her 2 years ago. I still produce milk, I've seen my dr and a specialist, they all had the same thing to say; as long as its not painful or weird colors other than white or clear, its ok. they dont usually give pills to dry up because of the health risks they pose, and if you ever have more kids and want to nurse you may not be able to due to the pills they give. if you're really concerned call the dr, he/she may just ask some questions and do a breast MRI to make sure everything is ok.

Chelle - posted on 03/15/2010




my mum had three kids, never breast fed any of them....her youngest kid will turn 18 next month and she still produces milk!

my sister never breast fed her 15 month old and she also still makes milk.

having kids can change your body forever. i think as long as your boobs arnt sore or feeling abnomal in any way its probably nothing to worry about.

Tara - posted on 03/14/2010




I still occasionally leak breast milk (around the time my period usually starts) and I haven't breast fed in more than a year. My mom still leaked a little bit up until she hit menopause in her 50's. If you are really worried, talk to your doc. I've heard that it is normal for some women, but other women I know who breastfed didn't have the same issue as I did.

Lashawn - posted on 03/14/2010




It's fairly normal for small intermittent amounts of leakage to occur for up to a year after breastfeeding stops, but if the leakage is occurring on a regular or substantial basis, a medical check up is recommended to rule out any underlying medical issues. There use to be pills given to dry up breast milk, after my third child was born, my doctor told me that the pills were no longer given, I experienced this for up to two years afterwards, but in smaller increments until finally it dried up on its own. Every woman's body is different and sometimes depending on hormone and estrogen levels in each of us, that can also be a reason for prolonged breast milk after nursing.Consult your doctor at any rate to ease your worries.

Iridescent - posted on 03/15/2010




You can check with your doctor. Last resort, if it's a permanent issue, perhaps look into selling it to a breast milk bank. It would be a good use for it.

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Emily - posted on 03/15/2010




I nursed my daughter for a year and was still producing milk until I got pregnant again with my second. So that means I was producing milk for 2 years when I wasn't nursing or pregnant and then another 9 months during pregnancy and 4 months after delivery. I wouldn't be concerned. You may want to talk to your doctor and see if there is anything that you can do, but I just learned to live with it =)

Lisa - posted on 03/14/2010




I breast fed for 5 months and now, over 4 months later I also am still leaking, a tad. I did ask my dr. and she said it could take up to a year for it to completely dry up, but, also every woman is so different. I might check with your dr. just to see if they think you should be put on the med to dry it up. It's just more irriating than anything else. Love those wet spots!! ;) Good luck Kayla!

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Is it still full on your just a dribble. I have heard of women who don't dry up completely and I don't think it is unhealthy in itself but there may be an underlying condition causing it so just to be sure I would go to my GP and ask. There is medication you can get to dry you up if it is necessary.

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