Question by Kanna: Breast milk’s coming out of my breasts – but I’m DEFINITELY not pregnant! Could it be a false pregnancy?
Yes, I’m lactating, but I’m not pregnant. I haven’t had sex, I’m taking birth control, and I got multiple blood-pregnancy tests done in case I was date-raped at a party, or something. (Although I think I’d know, and I don’t party, but I’m not sure.) Plus, it’s been six months since it started, I still have not experienced any pregnancy symptoms , and I have very regular, extremely heavy periods, like normal. (Seriously, if you pay attention to my cycle, you can tell what day it is by the day I start! It’s creepy!)

The reason this is concerning me is because, before now, I only excreted tiny beads of milk. Now I’m letting out jets! It’s getting to the point where I wake up and find milk soaking into my nightgown. I’m afraid to tell my mother, because she might make the assumption that I DO NOT WANT HER TO MAKE. (Long story short – I’ve sort of got a baby, and I don’t want her to think that I have another one on the way. I’ll explain that later.)

However, my breasts are now wrinkled and stretch-marked. I feel disgusting. My bras are all ruined; I’ve had to start scrubbing them by hand, so they don’t stain and start smelling like rotten milk. Every time I see, hear or even smell a baby – the talcum powder, you know – I start spurting. Sometimes, I bleed, and my breasts sometimes feel rock-hard. (And sometimes, green stuff comes out – but not often.) It HURTS, and my bras don’t fit anymore.

Should I tell my mother? Is it possible that I had a “false pregnancy”? (It happens in dogs, but I don’t know if it can happen to humans. Plus, I think the cycle stops.) (The reason I think this is a possibility is because my sister-in law and my brother both died in a car accident, leaving me with a baby that literally was not more than three weeks old at the time. I agreed to take care of my brother’s daughter once I got out of college, am planning on paying my mother as much as I can for her in the interim, am planning on staying home while in college – it’s within walking distance – and will take her in once I am financially solvent enough to.) (It was pretty much either me or foster care – and although I didn’t want a baby right now, I took one look at that little girl and decided that it was my life’s duty to protect her. Sappy and weird, but nonetheless true.)

I don’t want to FEED her my breastmilk, because I don’t know where it came from – and it could be made of something OTHER than milk, if you catch my drift. Plus, if that green stuff is… ahm, what I think it is, I might be subjecting her to something that’s unsafe. (I’m buying formula now – and we’re planning on starting her on solids .) Are there doctors I could talk to about this confidentially? Should I tell my mother? (I’m seventeen right now, so…)

Also, the legal issue: I can’t LEGALLY adopt her until I turn eighteen. (She’s in my mother’s custody right now.) She’s not related to my mother – she’s sort of my half-niece, because her father was my half-brother – and adoption was the route my mother wanted to take. I begged her to let me take care of the baby, and she agreed, only because there are girls who were far less responsible than me who raised a child semi-successfully. (I’ve actually got $ 20,000 in a bank account, and could feasibly support myself if I needed to, if I decided not to go to college. However, my mother has agreed to let me.) I need to take care of myself in order to take care of my child, so… please help me.
Yeah, I know that you can have a period while pregnant – but I’ve also had multiple blood-pregnancy tests come back negative. So, no, I’m not pregnant. Plus, six months, no swelling other than the boob area, no “kicking” feeling, and most importantly, NO SEX = no chance of pregnancy.

Best answer:

Answer by Tarkarri
This sounds like a reaction to hormones, both from the birth control and the fact that you emotionally see this child as yours.

Many mothers who have someone else surrogate for them pay a fortune trying to get just this to happen.

It would probably be perfectly safe for you to breast feed.

See a Dr, there are medications that you can take to help suppress the lactation if you choose to not breastfeed, although this is an option that you may choose to consider.

Not medically relevant, but if this story is true, you are a wonderful person and this is a good thing you are doing!

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