Milk Still After 6 Months?

Kathleen Tackett's picture

QUESTION

Dear Lactation Consultant,
Hi. I breastfed my son for 1 1/2 years and quit about 6 months ago. I was in the shower this morning and was able to squeeze a little milk from my breast. Is that normal? I thought I would have been all dried up by now. Just curious.

ANSWER

It is not at all unusual to have discharge from your nipples for months or even years after you stop nursing. I haven't nursed in six years, and can still express drops of milk. I have a friend who hasn't nursed in eleven years, and she still leaks milk, especially during lovemaking. She has had it checked out by a doctor, and he told her not to worry about it.If you develop swollen breasts, tenderness, or lots of leaking, then you probably need to see your doctor. Occasional leaking of a few drops, or being able to squeeze some out in the shower is one thing, but lots of leaking and soreness is something else. There are some medical conditions that can cause milk production when you're not lactating, so it should be checked out if it seems to be causing a problem. Just occasional leaking shouldn't be anything to worry about.

Hope this helps,-- Anne, IBCLC