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Conditions

Over-Lactating Breasts

Breast Milk Production

Over-Lactating breasts isn’t a common condition, usually concerns over not having enough milk are more usual for new mothers. Symptoms of over lactation for mothers can be engorged breasts, plugged ducts and mastitis. For babies it can lead to fussing, gassiness, and hiccupping. A potential cause for this condition may be that the milk ejection reflex is overactive. However, over lactation is a relatively easy condition to solve. You can try to avoid pumping, because once you pump you are sending your body signals to produce more milk. Try to relax during feeding and alternate feeding positions. A laid down position will be helpful as gravity will help reduce the flow of milk. Often, the problem will pass as your body begins to settle into a routine and learns how much milk your baby will need to consume.

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I still have milk coming from my breasts and my baby is 15 month old now. It never stopped in the 6 year age gap between my oldest and middle child. Is this normal?





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do you have issues with this? are you wanting to stop or continue? does it happen randomly or with pressure???? maybe your body is sending you a signal to keep producing, is this something you would be interested in if so? If not there are ways to stop the body from thinking to produce if you are wanting to, but also it depends on what you are doing as well

Ive just found my breast wet on the nipple so I wiped it off and squeezed it and more came out! Its like a light yellow with milky blobs. I tried the other and it was the same just not as much. Should I be worried? Im 22, on the yasmin pill which I believe gives u more oestrogen not sure. Hearts pounding with shock.





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I am 42 yrs old. My youngest child is 16 I only breast fed for 1 month. I have had a horrible smelly itchy discharge coming from my boobs ever since. I have had medication and have had surgery to strip my milk ducts (which has left me with 1 inverted nipple), none of these things have stopped the discharge. It gets me down and I don't know what else to do. Can anyone give me some advise please.





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I have milky discharge from one nipple only when pressure is applied. The discharge is only a tiny drop, but it always originates from exactly the same location on the nipple. This has been going on for about three years. I'm 31 and have never had children. Should this discharge concern me?





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So one day my mom had to rush off to work and I had to finish washing my baby brother whose 5 months old and when I got him out of the tub we latched on to my breast because apparently he was hungry. But at the time I was wearing a tank top and no bra because I had just gotten up. So what happened was I pulled him off and I started uncontrollably leaking breast milk all over. I got him dressed and put him to sleep and for the next ten minutes I was trying to stop from leaking milk. When I finally got it to stop i changed my wet clothes and cleaned up. I thought everything was fine and that the baby had just somehow made my breasts start leaking. But the next day when I heard from crying for food my breasts started leaking again. Also another problem is that I heard how when ladies who had just had their babies leak milk when babies are crying but I've never had sex so its weird. Also women who breast feed have rapid breast growth and I think its happening to me because last week when the first incident happened I was a large C cup but now I'm a small D cup I don't know what to do about the leakage or the breast growth can someone please give me good advice on how to stop this without having to go to the doctor. thank you for helping.





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Hi i'm 24 and i havth an 18 month old baby. I did breast feed for 2 and a half weeks but had to stop due to my health. My milk stopped after about 3 months and it recently started again for no reason, i'm not pregnant and been around babies does not make it worse it happens all the time and also i have the implant in the last year and had blood test to make sure its not my hormons and the results came back negative. They get really sore and i need to keep pumping but even after pumping they are still sore and i was wondering if i could get some advise please?





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Im 41 my youngest is 4 yet im still producing milk is this normal?





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Hi I'm 14 and I have had this milky discharge coming from both breasts as if I was lactacting but coming out in bibles I'm not pregnant and never have been got my period at 10 and not on the pill ATM or for 2 years I'm on two medications risperadal and tegratol for ADHD . Could my meds cause this ? I have had this problem for a year on and off is this something to worrie about ?





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I'm 16 years old I've never been pregnant and I'm not on any medication. I've had it 3 times now that when I'm really stressed about school and exams that I start lactating. It last about 14 days until my next period and then stops. My breasts don't hurt or look any different. Should I be concerned?





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Ive had 4 children with he youngest being 12 years old and I breast fed all of them until they were 6 months old. However, I get a green sticky discharge from my right breast. I have been to my GP a few years ago and he did not seem worried at all about it but surely this is not right.





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Second opinion.. go for another doctor opinion..m

Im 47 ive had 3 children my youngest is 22 it first happened about 10 years ago a green sticky fluid out of both breasts then stopped until about 3 years ago it only comes out when squeezed and doesnt happen all the time sometimes weekly sometimes monthly.i didnt breast feed at all. it seems alot of women suffer with it.





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