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If a woman has a baby...

can she produce breast milk for the rest of her life if needed? or is there a window and then it stops and they have to wait until their next baby to produce it? example two years after giving birth?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 3:34 PM on Oct. 7, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • There are women who are capable of lactating without ever have giving birth, such as in the case of an adoption. It takes a lot of work, and it doesn't always happen - but its possible.
    Ginger0104

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 3:36 PM on Oct. 7, 2009

  • most women start lactating naturally after birth. They will continue to lactate as long as there is a need for the supply.. meaning if you continue to BF, or with some women if you pump. Your milk with dry up if you stop bfing
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:36 PM on Oct. 7, 2009

  • as long as you continue to actively nurse a baby (toddler or child) your body continues to produce milk. once a baby is older and they strt eating solids your supply decreases according to the childs need.
    mommy-2-3

    Answer by mommy-2-3 at 3:37 PM on Oct. 7, 2009

  • a woman just told me that her mom weaned her when she was 2 and then she could still express a little bit of milk up to 6 years later. in general though the milk dries up not too long after weaning, and then a woman has to wait until she has another baby. but like the first post said, there are ways to lactate without ever having a baby but i don't know much about it :)
    Stefanie83

    Answer by Stefanie83 at 3:45 PM on Oct. 7, 2009

  • I'm not sure if you can keep making milk after menopause.
    Gailll

    Answer by Gailll at 4:15 PM on Oct. 7, 2009

  • I know if I go through something very stressful, I can start leaking, and I haven't breastfed for over three years. Not sure if it's a fight or flight response to caring for a child that I thought was in serious danger, but it was definitely interesting!
    halfpint_ny

    Answer by halfpint_ny at 6:46 PM on Oct. 7, 2009

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