December 19, 2010,
L.C. asks from Cypress, TX on December 21, 2008
Leaking Breasts but Not Pregnant?
Hello moms! I just noticed this morning that my breasts are leaking milk. I noticed they look how they were when I used to nurse my daughter so I squeezed them and milk came out. I'm not really sure what that means. I plan on taking a home test but my husband and I have been careful and so far I have not missed a period. My daughter will be 2 on 12/27 and I have been reflecting how much she has grown and thinking of the days when I used to nurse her. I nursed her until 13-14 months so I'm not sure if just thinking of it will cause me to leak...I really don't know. I've just been a little sentimental because I know my baby is growing into a beautiful little girl. Any thoughts or experiences I'd really appreciate it. I just don't think I'm prego but I do plan to take a test just in case. I don't see how breasts can leak milk this early anyways (if I am preg). Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.
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C.G. answers from Austin on December 22, 2008
Make an appt. with a hormone specialist. (endrocrinologist sp?) Sometimes breast milk can take a while to dry out. Don't be alarmed if they have you have a Brain MRI. Sometimes this came be associated with a benign tumor. (usually not treated just watched:)
T.G. answers from Spokane on June 24, 2010
I am a mother of a seven year old & there was traces of milk in my right breast for up to 2 years... really only when squeezed , but this is also currently happening to me now So I am hearing that most causes are pregnancy , medications like birth controll , a hormonal imbalance, & in some cases a non cancerious tumor??? But really I am stumped too?????????
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J.B. answers from Houston on December 22, 2008
Get that test girlfriend!:) If it comes up neg, go to the dr. I think it sounds like pregnancy to me. Some people have a period even though they are pregant, never quite understood it but apparently it happens. Best wishes and congrats if you are pregnant!
L.T. answers from Austin on December 22, 2008
I had leaky breasts for years after I had my four children. The doctor said it was hormonal and it is not common. Milk would start to flow when I was around young babies. It didn't stop completely until I was in my 50's. I used to eat and drink a lot of dairy back then and I wondered IF that had anything to do with the hormone overload. I started having less dairy in my mid 40's and that was when it started to stop. If I were you, I would see the OB and have him do a hormone blood test. And do some research to make sure you are not getting unwanted hormones in your food.
V.B. answers from Houston on December 21, 2008
Personally, this never happened to me, but I have heard that you can still have milk for quite a long time after weaning. I never leaked milk after weaning my daughter, but I do think it can happen. If you take the test and it's negative, you may just want to give your OB a call and at least see if you can leave a message for the nurse about it. I don't think it's necessarily anything to worry about, but it couldn't hurt to check it out to be sure. It will be interesting to see some of the other comments you get. I bet this is more common than you realize.
Y.P. answers from Austin on December 22, 2008
My kids are 7 and 9, and if I squeeze, some milk comes out. Still. I think it's normal. But have it checked out to be safe. But it's not anything I ever felt was alarming.
M.K. answers from Houston on December 23, 2008
take a test lol
i had "periods" all the way through both my pregnancys, the bleeding was due to different factors but was not actually periods - i was 3 months preg b4 i realized with both my babies.
and my breast produced milk right from first trimester.
also if you have been breastfeeding in the last year or so and you squeeze the nipple milk will come out - i had milk in my breast 1 year after weaning my son
D.P. answers from Houston on December 22, 2008
This happened to me with my first child about 19 years ago. The doctor said it was because my hormones never returned to normal. They put me on the pill for a while to adjust my hormones. Ask you doctor, but I dont think it is a big deal.
S.O. answers from San Antonio on December 22, 2008
I just posted this same question! I then did research on it on the website. From what I could tell, if it is both breasts, then it is probably normal. Many women, who use to be nurses for the rich (they literally nursed), can still produce milk though not pregnant. Adopting moms can too. It has something to do with hormone levels, etc. Mine have now pretty much stopped leaking, but just recently. If it is only one breast, then that is cause for concern and should be seen by a doctor. If there are any other concerns, lumps, tenderness, pain, etc., then I wouldn't hesitate to call a doctor. You could anyway just to ease your own mind, because it could also be a tumor. I decided to wait it out due to my family history and that it was both breasts. (My grandmother would nurse for other moms when they couldn't.) And as I said, all seems to be ok so far.