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Can you lactate without being pregnant?

Can you lactate without being pregnant?

Yes: Lactation the process of continued secretion of copious milk. It requires regular removal of milk and stimulation of the nipple, which triggers prolactin release from the anterior pituitary gland and oxytocin from the posterior pituitary gland. In the absence of milk removal, elevated intramammary pressure and accumulation of a feedback inhibitor of lactation a feedback inhibitor of lactation. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Is it possible for you to lactate when you aren't pregnant?

Is it possible for you to lactate when you aren't pregnant?

Yes: 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

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Wht makes a woman lactate apart from pregnancy?

Wht makes a woman lactate apart from pregnancy?

Certain: Tumors, medical conditions and medication side effects. ...Read more

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Is there any way to lactate without even getting pregnant?

Is there any way to lactate without even getting pregnant?

Yes.: This can be caused by an unnoticed miscarriage, it can also be caused by increased levels of the hormone that causes lactation, prolactin. See your physician. ...Read more

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What is the lactate hormon and how is it affecting pregnancy?

Helping baby grow: Human placental lactogen is a hormone that directs energy to the baby through mom's placenta. It also increases mom's glucose levels in the second half of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a non pregnant woman to start to lactate without medication?

Is it possible for a non pregnant woman to start to lactate without medication?

Lactation: Yes. This could be due to a prolactin-secreting tumor of the pituitary gland called a prolactinoma. It causes irregular or absent menses and galactorrhea- breast discharge. ...Read more

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I have moistness under my bra, and read somewhere that anti depressants can cause women to lactate? Is that true? I know I can't be pregnant.

I have moistness under my bra, and read somewhere that anti depressants can cause women to lactate? Is that true? I know I can't be pregnant.

Possible: Many antipsychotics effect prolactin levels & recently it is suggested that the SSRIs can indirectly effect prolactin as well--so you may be right--run it by your doc ...Read more

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Can a woman lactate without being pregnant?

Yes, certain: Medications or medical conditions can cause lactation. Please see your physician if this is happening to you. Take care. ...Read more

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Why do I lactate when I have never been pregnant?

Hormone issue: You should see your gyn for bloodwork and exam to be sure it is not due to a prolactinoma or other endocrinological issue. ...Read more

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Could I make myself lactate without being pregnant?

Could I make myself lactate without being pregnant?

Yes.: Theoretically, enough stimulation of the glands involving lactation can result in milk production. Certain medications can elevate hormones that may result in lactation as well. ...Read more

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How to start lactating before my baby is born that I'm not carrying?

How to start lactating before my baby is born that I'm not carrying?

Ask your OB-GYN if: (s)he has seen any success with the regimen of daily hormones & nipple stimulation required. I must admit I've not seen any success in 36 years of practice, though I've had some adoptive parents attempt it. Another option used by lactation specialists is a set-up in which a small tube attached to a bottle is taped to the breasts, ending beside the nipples, so mom experiences nursing. ...Read more

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My husband wants to try adult nursing is that healthy? And how can I start lactating again?

My husband wants to try adult nursing is that healthy? And how can I start lactating again?

A little is ok: Breast milk is very nutritious, and excellent for babies, so will be of no harm to adults (in small amounts). Breast milk is too rich, so will give an adult too much animal fat (yes, we are animals) and many extra calories (not good for cholesterol levels and one's arteries). A woman may have a hard time re-starting lactation if she had stopped weeks or months ago. ...Read more

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Why do women lactate, and is not pregnant?

Why do women lactate, and is not pregnant?

Could be too much pr: Prolactin, you need to see your gyn, no breast stimulation for 48 hrs before and he can draw a prolactin level - blood test and then examine your breasts after to r/o problems, if the prolactin level is too high sometimes it can be associated with a pituitary tumor which can be daignosed by MRI if necessary. ...Read more

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Can it be normal to lactate when your not pregnant?

Can it be normal to lactate when your not pregnant?

No: It's not normal to lactate when not pregnant. Get evaluated by a gynecologist or board certified reproductive endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How often do women lactate when they are not pregnant?

How often do women lactate when they are not pregnant?

Depends of if there: Is a reason for it. 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

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Is it normal for a woman who is not pregnant to lactate?

Is it normal for a woman who is not pregnant to lactate?

No: There are several causes for non pregnant lactation and the first step is to see if your blood Prolactin level is elevated or not by your MD. ...Read more

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How can I start lactating for an adult nursing relationship?

Not sure: I don't know if there are physicians who would be willing to prescribe you medications in attempts to induce lactation for that purpose. We'll see what other panelists on healthtap say. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still lactate two years after giving birth? Or does that mean that I am pregnant again?

Is it normal to still lactate two years after giving birth? Or does that mean that I am pregnant again?

Not necessarily: If you are still breastfeeding its very possible to still be lactating. If your breast started to leak and you are not breastfeeding it could be a medication side effect or endocrine (hormone) problem. If you are not breastfeeding an infant, you need to contact your doctor for an exam and possible testing. As for being pregnant, most women do not lactate while pregnant. ...Read more

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Why do you lactate and your not pregnant. I had a child three years ago and it still comes out after I shower.

Why do you lactate and your not pregnant. I had a child three years ago and it still comes out after I shower.

Galactorrhea: Sometimes there are hormonal imbalances that can lead to persistent breast milk production, and you would need a blood test to determine that. Let your doctor know that this is happening, and s/he can order the tests. If those all come back normal, then your doc may want to have a breast imaging test done to be sure there's no physical problems before you accept this as the "new normal" for you. ...Read more

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Can a womans breast lactate without being pregnant?

Can a womans breast lactate without being pregnant?

Yes, but usually not: A woman's breast may lactate but usually this indicates a hormonal imbalance with the pituitary gland. If this is happening then you should be examined by a physician and may need blood test to check hormone levels. ...Read more

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I lactate milky white fluid. What's going on? Definitely not pregnant.

I lactate milky white fluid. What's going on? Definitely not pregnant.

Needs blood tests: Sometimes people have a benign tumor in their pituitary gland that releases prolactin. This is called a prolactinoma and can cause you to have this fluid from your nipples. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to make sure that you do not have this condition. Please see your doctor and let them know that you are having this problem. ...Read more

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Can your breasts lactate when you're not pregnant?

Yes: This is certainly possible and can occur from certain medical conditions (prolactinoma, eg) or medications.

Not all breast discharges are normal lactation though and there are other breast related diagnoses that might need to be considered. Probably good to speak with your gyn or primary care provider. ...Read more

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What's a normal time frame a person can lactate after pregnancy loss? Is 2 months normal?

What's a normal time frame a person can lactate after pregnancy loss? Is 2 months normal?

Varies: There is no set “normal” time. Factors include the gestational age at the time of loss, body weight, other medications and your natural ability to lactate. ...Read more

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Can you lactate a year after having a baby with all the pregnancy symptoms ad still be pregnant while on birth control?

Can you lactate a year after having a baby with all the pregnancy symptoms ad still be pregnant while on birth control?

Lactation: Yes you can lactate for quite some time after pregnancy.Also, some women have lactation from ocps. If you have missed any ocps or taken any of them late, it is possible to ovulate and conceive on ocps, so you should check a prgnancy test. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take sodium lactate while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: Sodium lactate is a simple compound that is easily metabolized and does not pose a risk to the baby. ...Read more

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Is it normal for me to lactate during my period? Or should I get a pregnancy test?

Is it normal for me to lactate during my period? Or should I get a pregnancy test?

Lactation unexpected: It is not normal to lactate during a period and it is not normal to lactate during early pregnancy. If you are having a period then you are very unlikely to be pregnant. ...Read more