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Lactating and Not Pregnant
CharityHeath posted:
Hi. I am 25 years old and have 2 children. They are 6 and 2 and I am NOT pregnant. Last month I was doing a breast exam and began to leak milk from my breasts. I was concerned but not enough to really go to the doctor. Tonight I was doing the same thing and got "squirted" in the face. Is this normal? Should I go to see a doctor? I have NO idea what is going on.
JHarrison_Hohner_RN responded:
Dear CharityHeath: Sometimes women will notice discharge from one or both nipples. This prompts concern, especially if she has not recently breast fed. Generally we tell women that bilateral, white or clear discharge , which is only present with nipple stimulation (eg squeezing), is likely to be ?normal.? Being on oral contraceptives can sometimes enhance normal breast discharge. Certain psychiatric medications?especially the antipsychotics ?can initiate nipple discharge. Bilateral, spontaneous lactation can be prompted by a pituitary problem, or hypothyroidism. Both low thyroid and elevated prolactin (from the pituitary gland) can be checked for using simple blood tests.

Given that your nipple discharge is of new onset I would suggest that you see your GYN or clinic for a clinical breast exam. One, or both, of the two blood tests (TSH and prolactin) might be performed to rule out thyroid or pituitary causes.

Yours, Jane
sherwoodforest1978 responded:
Wow that is so strange but cool! you should pump and see how much you can get! it has been 5 years since i had a baby and sometimes i still feel the let down sensation... its so weird but it reminds me of having a baby and its a good memory but i have never been squirted
bbtforu responded:
I am also lactating and not pregnant. Mammagram was good. blood work was normal. I noticed it last month. It may have been longer but I was not aware of it. only left breast has milk and that is upon manual manipulation. 41 yr, 215lb, tubal, 5 kids, 4 preg, last pregnancy = 3yr w/twins. Taking hbp, arthritis, stomach acid, & weightloss meds. I dont know wha else to check. This concerns me because I feel my body has never gotten even close to normal since twins.
FCL responded:
Is your partner a "breast man"? Regular, intense breast stimulation can cause lactation - google "induced lactation" for more information.
nataliec88 replied to FCL's response:
I am also lactating for about a week and a half now. I am not pregnant and have not changed any of my medications. should I be worried??
bpcookie responded:
Hello to all the lactating women who are not pregnant. My breasts used to leak as well. They started leaking when I was about 29 yrs old, I am now 48 yrs old. I found out that my problem was thyroid related. My Endo. put me on medication to correct my thyroid problem and now my breasts only leak every now and then and when they do leak its only a very small amount. So if you have not found an answer to the leakage, then have a blood test done to see if you have a thyroid problem.

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