Can anyone confirm or deny this?

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Can anyone confirm or deny this?

Post by Chickabee » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:14 pm

I heard from an acquaintance recently that she had heard of it being possible for a lady to produce breast milk without having been pregnant. Also no drugs are used either. Is this possible? Is it a joke? She was quite serious but could not elaborate further. How could this be possible? Would this be a genetic trait or quirk?
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Post by pseudo » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:25 pm

Yes it is possible. All it takes is very frequent nipple stimulation.
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Post by fellare » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:26 pm

even men can lactate, I think. Not that I ever heard of a case where there wasn't a female-male transsexual involved, but they have breast tissue, so it can be done.


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Post by Penguin » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:26 pm

Totally possible. I understand that usually drugs are used to mimic pregnancy then they are stopped to mimic birth, but it can be done without that. Lots of pumping/ stimulation etc - basically a super version of supply and demand.

I'll be back soon with a link, and there's an ABA booklet too.

https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-info/adoption

http://www.mothersdirect.com.au/catalog ... astfeeding
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Post by Karleen » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:29 pm

Indeedy it is possible- a back up mechanism for motherless babes. During pregnancy, oestrogen, progesterone and prolactin prep the breasts for making milk but prolactin can do the job on its own and prolactin is released in response to nipple stim such as from a suckling baby.
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Post by Chickabee » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:29 pm

That is interesting.
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Post by Ducks » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:52 pm

I remember a story from the tsunami in Indonesia (2004??) of a father who spontaneously started lactating for his baby after the mother died. He'd been trying to comfort the baby by letting it su ck on his nipples...
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Post by Guadalupe » Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:04 pm

I started producing a small amount of milk before I was even sexually active. No idea why.
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Post by Skeeta » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:46 am

A friend of mine had a pituitary brain tumour, one of the side effects being lactation...This was a good ten years before ever falling pregnant.
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Post by JMc » Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:36 pm

Ducks wrote:I remember a story from the tsunami in Indonesia (2004??) of a father who spontaneously started lactating for his baby after the mother died. He'd been trying to comfort the baby by letting it su ck on his nipples...
My mum said that when we were little there was a family in a light plane crash over the middle of Australia. The mother died. The baby screamed and screamed and the father fed her.
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