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Doctor insights on: I Quit Breastfeeding 6 Months Ago And Suddenly Lactating Again

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How long could you lactate after you stop breastfeeding?

How long could you lactate after you stop breastfeeding?

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 months to years. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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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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Following a year of not breastfeeding, is it possible to lactate again?

Following a year of not breastfeeding, is it possible to lactate again?

Yes but difficult: It is possible to restart. It is difficult and usually the amount of milk produced is not significant. ...Read more

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Why do I have the sensations of my breasts letting down (lactating), but i'm not breastfeeding?

Why do I have the sensations of my breasts letting down (lactating), but i'm not breastfeeding?

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-milk. If you recently had a baby you have oxytocin release when you see or hold your baby. However if you are not breastfeeding and have not had a baby recently, this feeling would be very unusual and if it continues you may want to consult a physician. ...Read more

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What herbs can i take to help with lactating AND how can i tell when when breasts are empty after breastfeeding?

What herbs can i take to help with lactating AND how can i tell when when breasts are empty after breastfeeding?

Herbs& breastfeeding: Fenugreek seed-3 caps (580-610mg each) 3 times a day with food and Blessed Thistle herb 3 caps (325-390 mg each) 3 times a day with food. Increased frequency of nursing helps milk production more than increased duration. 10 minutes of vigorous nursing will empty most of the milk in a breast. I recommend that if this is a recently born infant, nurse 10 min a side, every 2-3 hrs days, 3-4 hrs nites ...Read more

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Is it safe for a lactating mother to take glutathione while breastfeeding?

Is it safe for a lactating mother to take glutathione while breastfeeding?

Unknown: I can't find any data that looks at the use/safety of glutathione in lactating women. Sorry I can't be of more help. ...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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Are there benefits for mother breastfeeding adopted child? My husband and i are wanting to adopt an infant, and i was told by a lactation consultant that i could begin re-lactating by a series of steps needing to take place before hand. I know the benef

Are there benefits for mother breastfeeding adopted child? My husband and i are wanting to adopt an infant, and i was told by a lactation consultant that i could begin re-lactating by a series of steps needing to take place before hand. 

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Bonding, : I've assisted adoptive mom lactate; all felt it enhanced bonding. Adoptive moms who lactate don't usually have an adequate breast milk supply and will need to supplement with formula, which can be given via a supplemental nutrition device taped to mom's nipple, so baby receives breast milk and formula simultaneously. May reduce breast cancer, in post partum-wgt loss, shrink uterus. Congrats! ...Read more

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I quit breastfeeding my 6 month old two months ago. I was not able to squeeze milk out since but today a few tiny drops came out. Is this normal?

I quit breastfeeding my 6 month old two months ago. I was not able to squeeze milk out since but today a few tiny drops came out. Is this normal?

Yes: This can be normal. Any stimulation of the breast tissue, nipple can cause milk to drop even 2 months after you stopped breastfeeding. If you feel any lumps or bumps, you should definitely have a breast exam, but if only a few drops after stimulation of breast tissue or nipple then normal. ...Read more

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I want to quit breastfeeding because I have to work, &and i will start to. Smoke again while working i know, but can I still feed baby at night ?

I want to quit breastfeeding because I have to work, &and i will start to. Smoke again while working i know, but can I still feed baby at night ?

Sure: I would suggest to use breast pump in the morning, refrigerate, and use during the daytime beside the direct breastfeeding at night. That way, breast milk will not dry up too soon. ...Read more

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How can I come to terms with my guilt feelings about quitting breastfeeding?

How can I come to terms with my guilt feelings about quitting breastfeeding?

See below:: If you're considering formula-feeding, do your research so that you can make an informed decision. Then focus on nourishing and nurturing your baby — instead of feeling guilty or dwelling on other negative emotions. You might also share your feelings with your doctors/friends/family. Remember, parenting is an adventure that requires choices and compromises. What counts is doing the best you can. ...Read more

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Smoking cigarettes while breastfeeding ? Breastfeeding once per day. Because i want to quit breastfeeding I have to work.

Smoking cigarettes while breastfeeding ? Breastfeeding once per day. Because i want to quit breastfeeding I have to work.

Quit smoking: Breastfeeding smokers have decreased milk production & set stage for a higher risk of crib death. During the exposed periods the child will have 2 or more times the respiratory and ear infections. ...Read more

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I was breastfeeding my baby girl, and I recently quit cold. What can I do to make my breasts feel better?

I was breastfeeding my baby girl, and I recently quit cold.  What can I do to make my breasts feel better?

Cool compress: Do you mean 'quit breastfeeding cold turkey'? If you're describing engorged breasts, cold compresses inside your bra (form fitting is best) will help. It will take several days. Are you sure you want to quit? Breast feeding will help you to loose weight faster, reduce breast cancer risks, always available, no cost. Breast babies-fewer infections, alleries, myopia, less obesity, higher iq, more. ...Read more

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How can I dry my breast milk, i want to quit breastfeeding because I have to work?

Several options: You can start to wean your baby by offering 1-2 bottle feedings a day, gradually increasing the bottle feedings as he weans away from the breast. If you need to stop suddenly, you may have more fullness for a few days, but it will decrease when there is not the stimulation of nursing. If you wish, you can still breast feed in the evening and other times, while giving the bottle when you work. ...Read more

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What to do if i had my baby 5 1/2 weeks ago, i quit bleeding a week and a half ago and i exclusively breast feed?

What to do if i had my baby 5 1/2 weeks ago, i quit bleeding a week and a half ago and i exclusively breast feed?

Question?: Congratulations on breast feeding your baby. It is recommended that you continue to do so. I am not entirely clear what the question is - everything sounds normal. If it pertains to birth control, then I recommend speaking with your doctor and starting some method. Breast feeding reduces the risk of pregnancy, but it is not 100%, and plenty of people have gotten pregnant while breastfeeding. ...Read more

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I quit breastfeeding in August. Since then I occasionally notice yellow discharge coming from my nipples. Is this normal? When will it go away?

I quit breastfeeding in August. Since then I occasionally notice yellow discharge coming from my nipples. Is this normal? When will it go away?

Breast discharge: after stopping breastfeeding is not unusual and can continue for several months. Discharge will continue especially if nipples are stimulated by touch. Followup with your doctor if you are also having breast tenderness or soreness or if you are having bloody discharge. ...Read more