Why would I lactate if I'm not pregnant?
January 29, 2011 8:14 AM Subscribe
I am not pregnant, and yet I'm suddenly lactating in both breasts. Help?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a healthy 22 year old female on no medication of any kind. My weight is about what is should be and hasn't fluctuated recently, I haven't made any significant life style changes that I can think of, and I've never noticed myself lactating before in my life.
I recently posted this thread: http://ask.metafilter.com/176530/Why-do-my-breasts-hurt-so-much. I took a pregnancy test, which was negative, and talked to a nurse, who said that the swelling and pain was most likely just a hormonal fluke and not to worry too much. Today my period arrived about a week earlier than planned... and I also noticed that I am lactating in both my breasts. Its not a huge amount, but if I press down and squeeze each nipple a whitish liquid comes out (not as white as cows milk, but far from clear). Other than being a week early, my period is the same as it always is on the first day, which is very heavy. I am going to contact a doctor soon, but can anyone give me any ideas about what is going on? I'm rather freaked out by this.
A possibly relevant side note is that my younger sister recently became pregnant, which is a source of significant emotional distress for me, as she cannot care for a child and a lot of the responsibility for dealing with this pregnancy will fall on me. She has decided she will put the baby up for adoption, but I am still going to have to help her a lot with this process, the thought of which tears me up inside, although I know there are a lot of good families out there. I don't know if the psychological aspect could cause some sort of reaction like this, but I am also under a lot of stress in general with finishing my last quarter as an undergrad and waiting to hear back about my graduate application.
Thanks for any info anyone can provide me.