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What to do if I am leaking milk from my breasts, i stopped breastfeeding nearly 2 years ago?

What to do if I am leaking milk from my breasts, i stopped breastfeeding nearly 2 years ago?

Seek medical eval.: Possible causes for galactorrhea include but are not limited to use of birth control pills, tricyclic antidepressants, antipsychotic meds, some sedatives, fennel, anise, fenugreek, some hypertension meds, cocaine, opioids, hypothyroidism, prolactinoma, renal dz, pregnancy, testosterone deficiency in men ; significant breast stimulation. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Is it true that as I breast feed baby, the other breast will leak milk at the same time? Will this always happen? And will my breast leak milk simply by squeezing them at any time when i'm not feeding?

Is it true that as I breast feed baby, the other breast will leak milk at the same time? Will this always happen? And will my breast leak milk simply by squeezing them at any time when i'm not feeding?

Sometimes: This is sometimes the case. It may not happen to all breastfeeding women at every feeding or at all. A BF infant triggers a let down response in the breast by stimulating the release of prolactin hormone. This pushes the milk out faster than suckling alone. Simply squeezing the breast may not trigger this let down. ...Read more

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My child is 2, I stopped breastfeeding her at 8 months old. My breast still leaks milk, why?

My child is 2, I stopped breastfeeding her at 8 months old. My breast still leaks milk, why?

Galactorrhea: Small amounts of milk or serous fluid are commonly expressed for weeks, months, or years from women who have previously been pregnant or lactating. Galactorrhea can also occur as a side effect of hypothyroidism which sometimes happens after pregnancy. Schedule a visit with your physician if you are still producing milk at 16 months after weaning, to rule out other causes. ...Read more

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My right breast when pressed leaked blood I had a baby 10weeks ago not breastfeeding. should I be concerned?

My right breast when pressed leaked blood I had a baby 10weeks ago not breastfeeding. should I be concerned?

Be seen: Bloody nipple discharge should always be checked. See your GYN and if necessary a general surgeon. They will want to check the drainage, possibly order a breast ultrasound, maybe even a mammogram. Good luck. ...Read more

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My breastfeeding wife with a 5 day old newborn is overproducing milk. Her breasts are engorged with milk and they hurt, sometimes leak. What can we do?

My breastfeeding wife with a 5 day old newborn is overproducing milk. Her breasts are engorged with milk and they hurt, sometimes leak. What can we do?

Pump and store: If the baby is not keeping up with your supply, simply empty the breasts after feeding with a manual or electric pump to relieve symptoms and to prevent mastitis. You can freeze and store all your extra milk when you are not able to breast feed or are ill and cannot breastfeed ...Read more

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Right breast feels heavy, is swollen and is leaking colostrum 9 dpo. Had baby 5 mo ago, didn't breast feed. Breast problem or pregnancy?

Right breast feels heavy, is swollen and is leaking colostrum 9 dpo. Had baby 5 mo ago, didn't breast feed. Breast problem or pregnancy?

Breast problem: If pregnancy, likely other symptoms and both breasts would be affected. Have your breasts examined, you might have an infection or cysts that can be treated. Do a pregnancy test, too, if there's a possibility of pregnancy. Be well. ...Read more

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My son is almost 3 years old and I never breast feed but when i have sex or I'm horny my nipple leaks milk like I squeeze it and it comes out?

My son is almost 3 years old and I never breast feed but when i have sex or I'm horny my nipple leaks milk like I squeeze it and it comes out?

Poss high prolactin: Prolactin is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland, and is normally elevated in pregnancy which leads to milk production, but can also be elevated by some drugs, hypothyroidism, stress,frequent nipple stimulation and pituitary tumor, although in about a third, no cause is found. I recommend checking with your doctor who may screen you for treatable causes. An MRI maybe done to look for tumor ...Read more

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Can i get pregnant with tummy tuck and breast feed with implants? Shall i remove the implants before getting pregnant? I don't want any risk of leaking

Can i get pregnant with tummy tuck and breast feed with implants? Shall i remove the implants before getting pregnant? I don't want any risk of leaking

Yes, Yes, No: Women are able to become and complete pregnancies despite having undergone tummy tuck surgery. Most patients who undergo breast augmentation surgery are able to breast-feed. There is no need to have the breast implants removed before becoming pregnant. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long dose it take for your boobs to stop leaking milk if your not breast feeding ?

How long dose it take for your boobs to stop leaking milk if your not breast feeding ?

It varies: The more nipple stimulation there is the more leakage you will have. Also, some women have small amounts of leakage for months or years after child birth. Using a tight sports bra with breast pads will help compress the ducts and dry you up. We used to routinely give Parlodel (bromocriptine) to stop breast milk production, but a small number of women had complications from this medication. ...Read more

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I had my daughter almost 9 months ago I dicided not to breastfeed 9 months later my breast started leaking, is that normal?

I had my daughter almost 9 months ago I dicided not to breastfeed 9 months later my breast started leaking, is that normal?

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 tumor. If the prolactin level is high then imaging of the pituitary gland would be necessary. It there is a pituitary tumor, then it is usually easily treated. ...Read more

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My son is 10 months now and I stopped breast feeding him when he was 1 month. I have still been producing breast milk and I still leak. why?

My son is 10 months now and I stopped breast feeding him when he was 1 month. I have still been producing breast milk and I still leak. why?

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 sometimes it is just producing the hormones after birth. No worry and no treatment needed. It should reduce as you aren't feeding now, may take time.... ...Read more

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Stopped breast feeding 4 mo. ago. I am 8 days past ovulation and my breasts are leaking. Could this mean something (i.e. pg) or just happens sometimes?

Normal: Sometime it is possible to get leaking fluid from breast,it is due to harm one action ,. It is going to stop and if persisting then see your doctor. It is too early to find out if you are pregnant ...Read more

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How fast I have to removed my leaked silicon implant cause am breast feeding and does silicon go with milk to my baby ?

How fast I have to removed my leaked silicon implant cause am breast feeding and does silicon go with milk to my baby ?

Not that easy: I would need more information to make a recommendation. How old are your implants? How extensive is the rupture? Is the implant over or under the muscle? Many of these will influence the recommendations to be made, . It is possible for the silicone to leak into the breast milk but the truth is that the conpsequences of this are likely to be few, if any. Formula has 400 x the silicone of breast milk. ...Read more

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I had a baby 6 weeks ago, im not breast feeding and i havent started my period but when i wipe light red sometimes and my breast are still leaking?

I had a baby 6 weeks ago, im not breast feeding and i havent started my period but when i wipe light red sometimes and my breast are still leaking?

Contact you OB MD: If you did not attend your 6 week examination post partum, now is a good time to do so. If you do no plan to breast feed, you can allow Mother Nature to stop them milk expression or tightly bind your breasts which will facilitate the eventual arrest of the milk. Your OB MD may alter this advice. Don't forget to use contraception if you are sexually active, as you can get pregnant again. ...Read more

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My nipples are sore and leaking I have merina coil stopped breast feeding 10 months ago! what does this mean?

My nipples are sore and leaking I have merina coil stopped breast feeding 10 months ago! what does this mean?

Unclear: This depends on what happened with your mild production over these past months... If you said to me you weaned, there was NO MILK WHATSOEVER for 9 months, then leakage started this month, that might make me want to investigate this with careful history, exam and labs. If leakage has been intermittent, and every time you express there is milk, then I would say, just stop checking! ...Read more

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My MRI shows that my left silicon implant is folded with no leak or rupture. Is that risky cause am breast feeding ? And why there is a lot of pain ?

My MRI shows that my left silicon implant is folded with no leak or rupture. Is that risky cause am breast feeding ? And why there is a lot of pain ?

Not risky: Implants routinely show folds on mri. This is not abnormal and not a cause for pain during breastfeeding. If you are just beginning breastfeeding, pain is normal. If pain is a new symptom, you should see your doctor. If your MRI was done without a contrast injection the examination does not rule out infection or massses in the breast. ...Read more

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Post breast enlargement, felt something wrong in my left breast after ultrasound it said leak from silicon implant, am breast feeding, what to do now?

Post breast enlargement, felt something wrong in my left breast after ultrasound it said leak from silicon implant, am breast feeding, what to do now?

Consult a Surgeon: Sounds like your implant has failed. The old implant and as much of the leaked gel as possible will likely have to be removed and a new implant placed. You need to consult with the appropriate surgeon. ...Read more

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Am breast feeding with silicon implant, i felt something wrong in my left breast and my ultrasound said 3ml leak from the implant and MRI required why?

Am breast feeding with silicon implant, i felt something wrong in my left breast and my ultrasound said 3ml leak from the implant and MRI required why?

MRI is the best test: Currently, a breast MRI with a dedicated breast coil in a 1.5 tesla MRI is the best test we have to look for gel leak. I would consider speaking with your plastic surgeon first. If the ultrasound shows a leak, you and your surgeon can consider just getting it removed and/or replaced without the mri. ...Read more

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How long can a woman breast-feed for?

How long can a woman breast-feed for?

Depends: Most peopel breast feed for about 6- 12 months, I have seen some women breast feed for up to 4 years you should discuss this with your your baby's pediatrician for that doc's rec. ...Read more

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Is it better to or not to breast feed?

Better: Hands down - breast feeding is better. Human milk is designed for human babies. Formula is cow's milk, and while the formula companies have tried to get it to be the best it can, it's design is for baby cows, not humans. It has none of the protective antibodies breast milk does to protect baby from disease in the first months.And breast feeding protects mom from breast cancer and helps lose weight. ...Read more

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How much can I lose a week if breast feed?

How much can I lose a week if breast feed?

Some : Breast feeding is estimated to require an extra 300-500 calories a day which is bit more than needed by pregnancy. However you should not limit your intake too much since the amount of breast milk may decrease if you eat too little. However if you eat for a normal healthy adult you might lose about a pound a week. ...Read more

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With multiples how?Can a woman breast feed?

With multiples how?Can a woman breast feed?

Demand: Supply and Demand - the stimulation of the breast feeding signals the body how much milk to make. There are two breasts so many twin moms will feed with one on each side. Triplets take some juggling but can be done. Mom needs to drink lots of water, stay on prenatal vitamins, and relax. Stress and fatigue can reduce milk flow. See a lactation specialist. ...Read more

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How can I train my baby to stop breast feed ?

Not the baby...: ...Stopping breast feeding is more about training the parent not to overreact to a child's demands and behaviors. ...Read more

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A woman should breast feed a child to what age?

A woman should breast feed a child to what age?

Depends: The american academy of pediatrics recommends to 1 year of age. However, she should nurse as long as she feels comfortable. ...Read more

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How much time should a woman breast feed a baby?

How much time should a woman breast feed a baby?

? time: I'm unclear what you mean by "time". Do you mean minutes per feeding? Then you are talking about 10-15 minutes per breast for nutrition with any extra time being comfort suckling. If you mean to what age, we would like to see you nurse until baby's first birthday, but every day you do nurse is an extra day of optimal nutrition. Hope this helps... ...Read more

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How many years can a women breast feed one child?

How many years can a women breast feed one child?

No real limit.: There is no medical limitation; practical difficulties and traditional practices have more to do with cessation than any possibility of harm. ...Read more

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Are they sure i will loss weight if i breast feed.

Are they sure i will loss weight if i breast feed.

Balanced nutrition: If you eat a well balanced diet based on your pre-pregnant weight ( calorie wise) & simply breast feed, you can lose a pound every week or two.Make sure you are taking prenatal vitamins & plenty of fluids. The loss will be slow but natural. The books that say to up your calorie intake to bf are assuring that you won't lose weight. ...Read more

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Can I breast feed at night but formula feed in the day?

Can I breast feed at night but formula feed in the day?

Absolutely!: Ideally, breast milk is the preferred nutrition for babies. Studies have found that babies who were exclusively breastfed for at least four months had half as many ear infections as formula fed babies. However, mothers who work outside of the home or do not produce enough milk need an alternative, and formula is ok to use. Your baby will still get the health benefits of the breast milk. ...Read more

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Really badly itchy breasts! breastfeeding for 4 months?

Really badly itchy breasts! breastfeeding for 4 months?

Hormone or reaction: it could be a simple allergic reaction to the bro, T shirt or whatever touching your breast use Hydrocortisone cream from over the counter and take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to see if it will go away both safe for breast feeding it could be the hormonal changes women go through after pregnancy or while breast feeding other wise you need to see a doctor to make the proper diagnosis and give you the proper treatment ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many kids can a woman breast feed?

As many as she can: As many as she can handle. As long as she is producing enough milk and can tolerate the feeding. ...Read more

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A woman taking meds for mdd, can still breast feed her baby?

A woman taking meds for mdd, can still breast feed her baby?

Most of them, yes: Most of the anti-depressants used for mdd are perfectly fine to take while you are breast feeding. There are a very few exceptions of rare ones used, so i would run it by your doc or a lactation consultant for a specific med. One thing i would let you know, thoug, is some of them may slightly dry up your milk if you are not drinking enough fluids, so really push your intake of water every day! ...Read more

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How will fybrocystic breasts effect my breastfeeding abilities?

How will fybrocystic breasts effect my breastfeeding abilities?

No.: You may even feel less lumps in your breasts with breastfeeding. Let your doctor know if you run into any problems. ...Read more

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If my wife has little to no imune system should she breast feed?

If my wife has little to no imune system should she breast feed?

Good & Fair Question: It depends what you mean by little or no immune system. Does she have a specfic diagnosis. Obviously her immune system is good enough to maintain and carry a pregnacy. I think even if her immune system is 'weak', what ever that really means, it would still be the best for the infant to receive the breastmilk from the mother. ...Read more

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Is there a time at which it becomes unhealthy to breast feed by child?

Is there a time at which it becomes unhealthy to breast feed by child?

No: The physical benefits , such as increased immunity, seem to max between 6-12 months. The emotional issues of prolonged breast feeding in our environment is what is not clear. ...Read more

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