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    Are they tender? It actually sounds like lactation. Is there a possibility you could be pregnant? It could also be mastitis; an infection of the breast tissue. However, the fact they are both leaking suggests otherwise. You should see a doctor.

    It is certainly possible that you are lactating without ever having been pregnant; a quick Internet search for "stimulating lactation outside of pregnancy" will yield quite a lot of information. That said, there is a low possibility of any of several medical problems, and you really should consult with your GP doctor or OB/GYN. Certain medications can induce a discharge which isn't necessarily milk. In the meantime, wear looser top clothing, and avoid stimulating your breasts, to reduce leakage.

    I assume you have had a pregnancy test or there is no chance of pregnancy. Has your doctor mentioned testing your prolactin levels? Lactation from the breasts (galactorrhea) can be a symptom of high prolactin levels that can be tested for by a simple blood test.

    I stopped breastfeeding just over 2 years ago,I noticed last year I had a bit of lactation and thought nothing of it and it stopped after a few weeks. Then 3 months ago I noticed I was lactating again, my gp sent me for some test to check my prolactin levels, thyroid, and a pregnancy test was done which was negative and the other results came back normal, so he referred me to the endocrinology clinic, I was diagnosed with having Idiopathic normoprolactinaemic galactorrhoea, no medication was perscribed. Im still confused





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    I have a mental health problem so the doctors put me on pipotil depot injection which now means i am lactateing in the breast after giving birth to my daughter. the doctor sent me for an mri scan as the pitury gland is also responsible for the lactation in the breast, along with the depot injection. I am now on hrt tablets because i havent had a period within 3 years, this is also because of the depot injection. i am also taking blood pressure tablets. has anyone been yhtough this?





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    Dr Jessen who talked to this woman asked her about her ability to produce milk after she had had her babies. She confirmed she produced milk but then she said she felt she didn't produce enough milk and so did not continue breastfeeding. To my astonishment Dr Jessen seemed to agree that she would be unable to produce sufficient milk. According to the literature this would seem to be an incorrect assertion. I might suggest that many Far Eastern woman are "flat chested" yet have been feeding their babies successfully. Dr Jessen could I suggest a lactation course.





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    I am currently watching Embarrassing Bodies. It's great to see things like breast cancer and checks on main channel television. But I am absolutely staggered that BREASTFEEDING has not been mentioned as protection against breast cancer (apart from briefly being mentioned in the breastfeeding part of the show, which was much later). If a woman was breastfed herself, and breastfeeds her children, then this can reduce her chances of getting breast cancer by 50%. (see references at the end). I think it's worthy of mention!! I was heartened to hear mention that breastfeeding in it's self doesn't do anything bad to breasts. When I'm not pregnant or nursing, I'm a pathetic 34AA, but currently breastfeeding my 13-month old (which is, by the way, perfectly normal and natural) gives me a lovely cleavage- and breastfeeding helps to get your pre-pregnancy shape (except your boobs!) back quicker- so I'm never happier!! (Freudenheim, J et al. Exposure to breastmilk in infancy and the risk of breast cancer. Epid 1994; 5:324-31; and Newcomb, PA et al. Lactation and a reduced risk of premenopausal breast cancer. New Eng J Med 1994; 330(2):81-87.)





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