Spontaneous lactation: help me figure out what's going on?
March 16, 2010 2:22 PM Subscribe
I'm absolutely not pregnant, but I seem to be lactating a little bit. What gives? (probably NSFW)
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
For the past month or so, I've noticed that sometimes, when I put a small amount of pressure on my nipples (through squeezing/pulling/sucking), they'll express a small amount of opaque, creamy white fluid. Usually just a few drops. My breasts haven't been at all painful or swollen during this time, and the phenomenon is exactly the same on both sides -- i.e., it's never the case that I'll squeeze both breasts and only one will express fluid -- which makes me think that it probably isn't related to mastitis or breast cancer.
I'm 22, of average height and healthy weight, and I don't have any other symptoms.
After googling and reading up on possible causes, I think I can safely rule out:
- Pregnancy. I've been celibate for 18 months.
- Side-effects of hormonal birth control or opiates. I don't take any drugs, prescription or otherwise.
- Overstimulation. I don't touch my breasts very often at all, and when I do, I don't stimulate them roughly or for extended periods of time.
So, does anyone have experience with something of this nature, or other ideas as to what could be causing it? I don't have health insurance, so I'd rather not rush to the doctor unless the hivemind thinks this is really alarming.
Thanks in advance!