Relactaction after 3 years??

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Relactaction after 3 years??

Post by luvmybaby » Sat Dec 07, 2013 9:51 pm

Please help. I have started relactation after not breastfeeding for the last 3 years. I was separated from my baby when she was just two, after suffering PND, and my ex taking off to the bush with the daycare worker. Im not sure if it is because this year I have only seen her 6 times in total due to him breaching the Federal magistrates order. Is my body trying to reattach? Anyone had anything similar occur? Or can offer any advice?

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Post by Andypandy » Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:04 pm

Hugs that sounds really stressful. Many women can produce small amounts of milk long after finishing breastfeeding. If you are worried, it maybe worth seeing your doctor.
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Post by luvmybaby » Sat Dec 07, 2013 11:23 pm

Thanks for the hugs, unexpected, yet very welcomed. I can produce a rather large amount of milk and could probably start breastfeeding again if i wanted. Its only been for the last few months while I've be seeing very little of my daughter, and Ive had implants for the last 18 years but this hasnt affected my ability to feed both my girls, 10 years apart, both for approx 10 months. I only stopped as they were teething. I will see my gp, but i have a male so i might need to find someone a bit more specialised or someone with experience in this area, as Ive found it to be not that common, especially this long after stopping. Just thought someone here may have encountered something similiar,

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Post by Nedsmum » Sun Dec 08, 2013 1:26 am

I would speak first the the gp for a general checkup and then as long as that checks out, not worry too much.

I wonder if you changed contraception recently or had any additionally stressful life events... Of additional nipple stimulation :oops:

Yes,it is absolutely possible to relactate or to produce a small amount of milk long after breastfeeding has ended.

When you say that you can produce a 'rather large' amount of milk, have your actually been expressing or stimulating milk production, because that will simply tell your breasts to produce more...

If you are really confused or concerned, then perhaps you want to give your doctor a visit and the after that call the breastfeeding helpline if you do need some advice on how trick your breasts to stop producing milk. The other thoughts would be whether if might be wise to talk to an implant doctor and whether you are on any other medication that might be messing with your hormones...
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Post by breastfeedingisnormal » Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:56 am

Hi there
This sounds like a medical issue to me. Please visit your GP and ask him/her to have your pituitary gland checked. Spontaneous lactation so long after weaning is not usual.
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