Embarrasing for Me but Here We Go.

Updated on June 07, 2008
M.C. asks from Indianola, IA
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I nursed my son for the first nine months of his life and when he started taking a bottle he refused the breast.Not an issue wish I could have continued but oh well.The problem is I have not stoped lactating and it has been 7 months since I last breastfeed.I was one birth control for two months and stopped because my body doesn't handle meds well.Tried the mirena but my body also rejected that.Don't know if this could be causing this problem.I know it dosen't seem like a big deal but when your body doesn't do what it is supposed to it worries me.Plus it is kind of interferring with my husband and I foreplay.I nursed me first child for a year and when I stopped I was dry like two weeks later.Finally made an appointment with the doctor,but that is not for another couple of weeks.Thought I would try you ladies first.

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I don't mean to scare you, but FWIW, I've seen non-lactating women begin to lactate due to a pituitary microadenoma - a small, benign tumor of the pituitary gland that makes you produce too much prolactin hormone. I suppose there could be other causes of overproduction of prolactin too, so you may want to ask your doctor to check your prolactin levels.

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Actually you are one of the rare ones!!! So many women want to have more milk and you keep producing it even without the physical stimulation is interesting, to say the least...

When my son was 7 months I was given a cream (for other reasons) to apply vaginally. It is called Premarin and it contains oestrogens. At small doses it is not supposed to affect your lactions (but it did for me - and now I am almost completely dry, even if tried various things and my son still breastfeed for comfort - but that is another story). Anyhow, at larger doses (like 1 mg a day) it is a lactation suppressant - it should make your milk prodoction go dry. Ask your doctor about that...

Good luck!



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I know at least half of the poeple I know that lactated for a year or longer after weening. I am under the impression that this is quite normal.



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Ok, I know this is going to sound strange, but have you read about cabbage leaves? I used them to help with engorgement when I decided not to nurse my daughter and it helped; however, I've read that continued use can actually dry up the milk. Read more about that at the link below. And, if you do a google search on cabbage leaves and weaning (or lactation), more sites might pop up.
Personally, I'm concerned that 7 months later you are still producing milk, but I'm sure the doctor will have you tested when you go for your appointment. You might want to call back and see if the office considers this something that requires more immediate attention. Maybe they'll move your appointment up. Meanwhile, hopefully you and your husband have a good sense of humor. These things happen, and sometimes, all you can do is acknowledge it and move on until help arrives. You could always wear a bra with nursing pads if it's really a bother. I know it's not romantic, but it might be less...distracting. :)

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