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i quit breastfeeding 6 months ago and suddenly lactating again

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
30 years experience in Pediatrics
Variable: Once breast feeding stops, your breasts will stop producing milk. Typically it takes a few weeks. However, you can have milk in your breasts from mont ... Read More

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlon White
33 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No. : Milky discharge from the nipples can persist for quite a while after you stop.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience in Adolescent Medicine
Yes but difficult: It is possible to restart. It is difficult and usually the amount of milk produced is not significant.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Touraj Shafai
58 years experience in Pediatrics
Let down and oxytoci: Let down is the result of the release of a brain hormone oxytocin ( love hormone) which acts on the milk ducts in your breasts which ejects breast-mil ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
You can try: It is challenging to restart breasfeeding after you have stopped but it never hurts to try. I would schedule an appointment with a local lactation con ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pregnant again?: You may already be pregnant again if you were not using anything for contraception. Get a pregnancy test.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivy Fisher
43 years experience in Pediatrics
Breast milk leaks: It is common for breast milk production to leak a bit even after you weaned the baby from BF. Sometimes, it is from milk ducts being clogged and somet ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
70 years experience in Dermatology
ACNE AFTER NURSING: There is a possibility that the prenatal vitamins you are probably still taking might be responsible. The other reason is that your hormones haven't a ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Can start about now: After delivering a baby, a woman will not resume menstrual periods for months. The time could be a few or many months. It varies a great deal among wo ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Fleishman
30 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Probably: It is important to see your obgyn and check a prolactin level and thyroid level. Leaking breasts, or galactorrhea could be a sign of a pituitary tumo ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Nicotine withdrawal: Good for you! After stopping smoking, tho it depends on how much you smoke, the physical withdrawal period lasts about 7 days, with irritability, incr ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julan Crane
24 years experience in Pediatrics
Lactation: No need to worry.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Natalie Hodge
25 years experience in Pediatrics
Can be: This can be seen, in particular if you are checking to see if there is milk, here and there by expressing, then you can stimulate the breasts enough t ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Normal : for up to 12 months. If it lasts longer, see you doc.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
27 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ovulation: If you're breast feeding this is common. If not its still common to have some mild ovulation dysfunction post partum. See your OB/GYN for an evaluat ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nour Baltagi
29 years experience in Pediatrics
Prolactine: check with your endocrinologist for hyperprolactinemia although many women can still have a tiny amount of milk for years after stopping breast feedin ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nadia Ghattas
47 years experience in Pediatrics
Weaning: Try to cut down gradually but if this fail go cold turkey. I hope he is used to drinking from a sippy cup & is eating regular diet. Good luck. ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
38 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Thyroid: May be a side effect of the drug but you also need to check your thyroid levels with your doctor and make sure that there aren't other causes of the l ... Read More
A 79-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Misunderstanding?: I'm hoping there's been a misunderstanding because your Doc should know. Generally, we warn against cold-turkey SSRI but if you really feel fine - not ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Unusual: The most common reason is persistent stimulation of prolactin reduction which may npbe due to breast stimulus or nursing. However, it may be caused by ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
44 years experience in Pediatrics
Probably so: When it comes to variation in menses following child birth, there are many variations, including the one you describe. The main thing here is that you ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ashu Syal
Dr. Ashu Syal answered
29 years experience in Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
Lactation: Pregnancy is not the only reason for lactation. Several other things, hormonal imbalance ( due to pituitary tumor), malignancy in breast itself etc ar ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Adberg
25 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Go for it!: There's no reason you shouldn't try to "relactate". Your milk is the best thing for the baby. You should get a breast pump, and pump both sides at the ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Baron-Kuhn
38 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Maybe: After nursing, many women can still produce milk if they have enough breast stimulation; however, it can also be the result of an elevated pituitary h ... Read More
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