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    My son has been weaned for 2 years. I have continuously had colostrum and/or milk discharge since. It is finally down to just a couple drops now and again, but SERIOUSLY?! Is this normal?

    I am beginning to suspect I may have a (mild) hormone problem because of some other symptoms. I was reading on wiki and there was a note that a pituitary gland issue can cause women to lactate.

    Is this within the range of normal? I don't let my bf touch because I can tell an increase in the milk/discharge!

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    I'm not sure mama.

    I have heard of lots of moms who are able to express small drops of milk for quite a while after weaning, but I've also read that any breast/nipple discharge when not lactating should be checked out by a doctor just to be on the safe side. Could you make an appointment and mention it?
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    I had milk for a very long time cause somebody else besides baby liked that...

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    My two are almost 12 years apart, and I could still express colostrum when I conceived my second. So, I would say I had that for about 11 years. I asked a couple of doctors about it, and had several tests done, including testing the colostrum itself. They all said it was normal.
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    8 years between my youngest boys and still had milk until I got preggo then it turned to colostrum. It is all normal unless it is green or brown I believe is what they told me. My mom said she had milk well into my teenage years. I think extended breastfeeding may be the culprit because women that don't nurse past one year or nurse at all don't seem to have this. Maybe our bodies make milk for so long it just doesn't understand that it should stop completely.
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    10 years between DS1 and DS2 and I could express some greenish/yellowish stuff. Yeah, totally normal.
    Jen - mom to 3
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    If you can express a little, then yes, totally normal. If your breasts are leaking spontaneously when you're not trying to express, then that would be more unusual and probably worth checking with the doctor about.

    I've often suspected that once that lactation switch gets turned on, it's on, and your breasts never really return to their pre-pregnancy state. They're prepped and ready to lactate again at the drop of a hat. But that's just my personal theory.
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    This is upsetting to me. I want my milk gone. I was holding onto the thought that my milk will eventually go away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*juno View Post
    This is upsetting to me. I want my milk gone. I was holding onto the thought that my milk will eventually go away.
    If it really bugs you, there are meds that can dry your milk. No worries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*LLLKaren View Post
    If you can express a little, then yes, totally normal. If your breasts are leaking spontaneously when you're not trying to express, then that would be more unusual and probably worth checking with the doctor about.

    I've often suspected that once that lactation switch gets turned on, it's on, and your breasts never really return to their pre-pregnancy state. They're prepped and ready to lactate again at the drop of a hat. But that's just my personal theory.
    Thank you everyone for the comments - I feel a lot better knowing I'm not alone.

    It doesn't "bother" me except worrying that it is not normal. I dried up REALLY fast when my son was young, then relactated and nursed to 14 months. Now any stimulation and it starts up again.

    It's never enough to leak or for let-down, really just a few drops. So I guess it is normal and I'll forget about it.

    Not exactly forget about it. Reminds me of the "good old" nursing days.

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