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Old 09-18-2010, 01:26 PM   #1
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Can you lactate without being pregnant?

I think I've heard of people lactation before without being pregnant, but this has never ever happened to me before today so I'm kind of worried.
I was in the shower and sort of squeezed my nipple (not even hard) and some white, thin liquid came out. I made it happen a few more times with each breast. It wasn't a lot of liquid either, just a couple drops. This has NEVER happened before.
Does this automatically mean I'm pregnant or can this sometimes happen?

I'm on no medications and I haven't been on birth control for the past two months. ***?

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Old 09-20-2010, 03:02 AM   #2
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Re: Can you lactate without being pregnant?

Honey, I'd get a pregnancy test just to make sure. Though if you have been having regular periods and have no other symptoms, lactating in early pregnancy happens but is not too common.

If the test is negative, I'd recommend a trip to the GP just to make sure everything is A-OK! Do you check your breasts regularly for irregular lumps or changes?


Hope you find your answer,

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Re: Can you lactate without being pregnant?

If you have ever been pregnant before and breastfed you can certainly have milk. If you were on the pill--it does make the body think it is pregnant--you could possibly have milk. If you are experiencing hormonal changes--yes. Just to be sure give the nurse at the doc's office a call. If you still feel uneasy after a pregnancy test? Make an appointment.Sincerely, searchin

 
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Re: Can you lactate without being pregnant?

It is completely normal to be able to express a small amount of liquid-even if you haven't ever been PG. The liquit can be clear, yellow, greenish- all completely normal.

Large amounts- bloody, etc you should call the dr.

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Re: Can you lactate without being pregnant?

If you start finding the milk to be thick and white and you can feel the fat in the milk(like real whole milk) then see your doc. A tiny tumor in the pituitary gland called a prolactinoma can cause that to happen. Very treatable.

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Re: Can you lactate without being pregnant?

Not sure hold old you are, but at 68 years old I began to lactate. Was I surprised? You bet. My prolactin level was off the chart because I had a pituitary brain tumor which does NOT mean you have one. This prolactin issue can certainly cause you to have secretion from the breast. But, perhaps your doctor can test your prolactin level. Ask him. It may be hormonal. Good Luck.

 
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