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#1 of 7 Old 10-17-2008, 10:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm not pregnant, I know that for sure.

I can get a fair amount of colostrum or even milky looking liquid from squeezing my nipples, I can squirt it a few feet away (sorry if TMI , I'm just trying to convey that it's more than a droplet).

I haven't nursed or pumped since March, is this normal? It seems weird to me.
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http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nip...charge/WO00093
http://www.womentowomen.com/breasthe...discharge.aspx

I weaned my youngest in January and yesterday I noticed that my left nipple was leaking. Weird. Check out the above links--they may help you.
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With DD1, I had tiny amounts of milk present for more than a year after complete weaning (I weaned her really young). They only went away when I got pregnant with the twins. They've been weaned since June (please no crap about my early weaning-- I have serious health problems) and I still have tiny drops of yellowish milk.

If you keep squeezing them "just to see what's there," (I always did too!) you'll be giving just enough stimulation to encourage a tiny amount of continued production. The only way to make it stop is to completely stop trying to express anything.

But it sounds like you have quite a lot. If you haven't expressed any at all, it might just have been building up in there. It can take a long time for those last bits of milk to be reabsorbed, and for your body to stop producing, especially if you nursed a long time.

I think it's fine, and I wouldn't worry about it.

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With DD1, I had tiny amounts of milk present for more than a year after complete weaning (I weaned her really young). They only went away when I got pregnant with the twins. They've been weaned since June (please no crap about my early weaning-- I have serious health problems) and I still have tiny drops of yellowish milk.

If you keep squeezing them "just to see what's there," (I always did too!) you'll be giving just enough stimulation to encourage a tiny amount of continued production. The only way to make it stop is to completely stop trying to express anything.

But it sounds like you have quite a lot. If you haven't expressed any at all, it might just have been building up in there. It can take a long time for those last bits of milk to be reabsorbed, and for your body to stop producing, especially if you nursed a long time.

I think it's fine, and I wouldn't worry about it.
yeah, this is what I figured. The thing is, I only happened to "check" 4 months after weaning. And I wasn't leaking or anything before then, so it was just sitting in there? Weird. My youngest actually didn't nurse, I EP'd for her ... this almost makes me feel like I should try to pump again since it seems like I'd be able to induce again, liquid gold and all. Ugh, probably not .
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This happened to me also. I could express for almost a year after weaning. Weird huh?
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I remember learning at a LLL meeting that it is perfectly normal to produce milk 2 years after weaning.

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my SIL hasnt breastfed in almost 3 yrs and still has milk
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