By NotDying - 08/04/2015 12:26 - United States - San Francisco
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As a mom of a nipple picky 9 month old who pumps 30 ounces of milk a day I wouldn't wish this on anyone. My baby prefers bottles but the benefits of breast milk are too great to pass up. My baby is the healthiest person my household and is rarely ever sick. However the machine is pure evil and I am going to beat it like they did the printer in Office Space in two months when I can switch her over to cows milk. Visit a doctor OP. They will find out what is going on and help you. Do not pump it out. It hurts.
In the medical field, we call this galactorrhea. Some people have mentioned this could be from a tumor, and yes this is correct -- notably pituitary prolactinomas. This can also arise from taking certain medications, such as ones for treating schizophrenia, mood disorders and antiemetics -- all of which block dopamine (since dopamine is the neurotransmitter that normally suppresses prolactin release from the anterior pituitary mammotroph cells). If it concerns you, consult your physician, perhaps about taking bromocriptine.
With benign pituitary adenomas, such as the prolactinoma I mentioned above, the pituitary gland significantly enlarges. As it enlarges, it can impinge on the optic chiasm. Without getting into too much detail on how vision is processed, the result of this impingement is what we call bitemporal hemianopsia -- which is a fancy way of saying that half of the vision field (the ear-half of the visual field, as opposed to the nose-half) in both eyes is absent.
You prefer a teething 9 month old gnawing on your nipples over the breast pump? Interesting. You should *LOVE* the breast pump! On a positive note, Nestlé has released a Nespresso machine that makes baby formula from capsules. Tell me the hubby isn't going to be broadly smiling over his next Latte!
It's your body fat. In the form of milk.
Thanks for the comments and suggestions. This has actually happened to me a few times before. I have a strange medical condition that affects my hormones, so that is the most likely culprit. I am seeing quite a few doctors, and none of them are very concerned. They have conducted quite a few tests and nothing was too out of the ordinary. I do not have a tumor (thankfully). To #1, I have been told not to express it because that can encourage my body to produce more milk, but that was quite a nice suggestion. I didn't actually know they did that. :) #3 I am actually not on the pill because I reacted badly to it due to my condition. (I had my period for 5 months straight. Yeah, that wasn't very fun) Also, to everyone suggesting I may be pregnant, my purity ring would beg to differ ;P Again, thanks for the concern and the laughs :) but the situation is under control. Bye!