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How To Start Lactating 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
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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