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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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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.

    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

    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.

    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 :)

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

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

    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!

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

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