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Overview ~

The First Drop!

Inducing lactation is a true labor of love. It takes a strict adherence to a schedule of breast expression. It takes a deep conviction to reach a goal. But eventually there will be one day that you will find success. This image is the first drop of milk that this lady was able to express from her breasts after doing the necessary process to reach lactation. She was a very happy lady.

If you are thinking that it is something that a woman your age could never accomplish, this lady is post-menopausal, and she has reached a very important plateau... she has expressed the first of many drops of milk yet to come.

When it seems that it will never happen, do not give up. If you believe it will happen, and if you follow a good schedule of breast expression without fail or deviation, you will likely find success. There is no guarantee that it will happen, but with support and effort it very likely will happen.

                                                                                                                                          Photo permission granted by model




What is "Re-Lactation"?

When a woman is pregnant, her breasts will develop beyond Tanner Stage Five (final adult breast development stage without lactation), and establish lactation, which is the process of producing breast milk. The term "re-lactation" refers to the process by which a woman (or a man) causes their breasts to lactate (produce milk) without the benefit of ever being pregnant or having been pregnant within the previous few years.

Why Would Anyone Want To Re-Lactate?

Re-lactation is undertaken by:

  1. An adoptive mother (or father), for the purpose of breastfeeding an infant without the benefit of going through a pregnancy immediately prior to commencing to breastfeed.
  2. Menstruating women, for the purpose of stopping menses (periods) which have become painful or unusually troublesome. It is not encouraged as a reliable method of contraception.
  3. A couple, for the purpose of developing a closer, more intimate bond through an Adult Nursing Relationship (ANR).
  4. Anyone, as a means of producing breast milk for medicinal use by others.
  5. Anyone, as a means of producing breast milk for personal medicinal use.
  6. Anyone, as a means of relieving  various pains.
  7. Any woman, to satisfy a need to feel more feminine.

How Do I Re-Lactate?

Re-lactation can be induced through the repetitious expression of the breasts on a very strictly followed schedule for a period of time. You can read the details on How To Get Started .

How Do I Monitor My Progress Toward Establishing Re-Lactation?

Physical changes to your breasts that are seen or felt are good indicators of the progress that your breasts are making toward meeting your goals of re-lactation. You can see examples of these changes in Visual Signs of Re-Lactation

As indicators of progress toward your goal of producing milk, you will likely see changes in:

  1. the color of your areolae (usually becoming darker)

  2. the size of your areolae (usually increasing in diameter)

  3. the size of your nipples (usually becoming wider)

  4. the size of your breasts, possibly increasing as much as one or two "cup-sizes"

  5. the appearance of more dominant blood vessels below the surface of the skin on your breasts

  6. the amount (and color) of fluids that are expressed from your nipples

  7. the sensations of tingling or minor 'growing pains' within your breasts

Sometimes we get concerned when we see our areolae becoming larger or turning darker pigmented when we are preparing to lactate. Although everyone will not necessarily have larger areolae, under Anatomy Galleries we have included images of breasts that have larger and darker areolae. Also, our breasts may tend to take on a different size or shape, which facilitates the process of suckling. One anomaly is referred to as "tubular breasts".

Are there some "case histories" I can read?

We offer you some examples of testimonials describing how others have faced issues, and how others have used this information to their advantage and application. We welcome  contributions from anyone that has found re-lactation to be beneficial to their lifestyle. These include:

  1. Bonding experiences between partners

  2. Improvements in excessive bleeding and monthly menstrual period pain

  3. Improvements of excessive pain from Sarcoidosis Skin and Joint Pain

  4. Improved quality of life of patients

What Complications Will I Have?

These can be varied, but a few of them are addressed here:

  1. What do I tell my OB/Gyn about why my breasts are lactating? Or should I even tell him/her?

  2. How do I deal with working all day where I cannot express my breasts during a meeting? (Use Of A TENS Unit)

  3. Will there be problems when I have a mammogram?

Are There Some Aides Available?

Some contributors have generously contributed some ideas and devices that can be helpful to you. We offer them to you as shared information only. You can determine if the information can be helpful for you. Some examples are found on Tools & Gadgets.

Do Some Ladies Actually Have Succes?

It always helps to read about others that have tried to induce lactation or re-lactate and actually had success. It is not an easy task, and it is helpful to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Read about others' success here.

What Type Of Equipment Do I Need To Purchase In Order For Me To Re-Lactate?

If you elect to re-lactate through the process of your partner suckling your breasts several times a day, you really do not need to purchase any equipment.

If you find that your partner is not available to you, you may be able to use Manual Expression of your breasts during those times. No purchase is needed for that as well.

 If your partner is not available or you are otherwise occupied for a large portion of the 24-hour day, such as your working away from home, you may find that the use of a TENS unit will be helpful. Even if you suckle or manually express or pump, you may find that the use of a TENS unit in between the sessions may be helpful. That would need to be purchased, and you can read more about the use of or the need for a TENS unit by going here.

If you decide that you want to utilize a breast pump when your partner is not available, there is a decision to be made. There are many breast pumps available, and it is difficult to know which one is the right one for you. Sandra Gordon is with ConsumerAffairs.com and she has written a very complete evaluation of breast pumps and the companies that make them.

You can read her report at https://www.consumeraffairs.com/health/breast-pumps/#breastfeeding-and-nutrition

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Remember that you want good quality when you purchase a breast pump, because it has to do a good job of manipulating your nerves that are behind your nipples. That generally requires the use of a "Hospital Grade" breast pump.

There is a Hospital-Grade breast pump that is getting good reviews, called the PJ's Comfort by Limerick. It is drawing attention because the cups actually squeeze in on the breast, just behind the nipples, where the nerves are located that need stimulation to induce lactation if you are using a pump for that purpose. It works like a bovine milking machine instead of like a vacuum cleaner. It is pricey, but ladies claim it is very effective and very comfortable. Amazon currently has a model that comes with the carry case and goodies, for over $550, or for a lot less it comes as pictured below, without the extras, for about $380. Click on the image on the right to go look at it. Once there, you can look at it or any other model, or even at any other product that Amazon sells, and you would buy directly through them, pay them, and they deliver to you. That includes any pump recommended on the Consumer Affairs article, if Amazon carries that pump.

































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