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Let Down Reflex-Not Breastfeeding

I'm wondering if I could be pregnant.  I keep having a let down feeling and tingling in my breast and nipples.  I have a child and I breast fed so I am familiar with this feeling but is it a tell tale sign of pregnancy?  Any advise would be nice.  Thank You
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I do not think it is a tell tale sound of pg.  How long ago did you stop nursing???  I could still get stuff out of my nipples with my DD who is now 7 a good 2 or 3 years after I stopped nursing her.  I do not remember if I had the let down feeling.  All you can do is see if you miss AF and take a test.
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I agree with other poster...this doesn't really sound like preg. symptoms. Have you taken a preg.test yet??
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Thank You for answering I have not breast feed since Jan 2003 I for the past three years I have not had any discharge from my breast and every period I never experienced this.  The let down feeling is really strong and I have excess saliva in my mouth.  Also I feel the let down in my vg along with excess wetness.
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i have seen you post other Q's but you have not really addressed this one? what do you mean by a "let down feeling?" you have described it in 2 places..breast and vagina? do you mean you MISS it all? is that what it is?
i agree that it doesnt sound as if you are pregnant at this time based upon your post, although more info. would be needed, like last period and all that.
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i am 7 days post ov-- i started having this let down feeling at 5 days po-- breasts tender- feel crampy like AF will be coming-- think preg?
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Hi there, i  have a 11 month old son who i breastfed for the first 3 months for and know exactly the letdown reflex feeling you are expirencing! 23 days ago i unfortunatly had a miscarriage but the very early pregnancy symptom i had was this very same feeling which has left me to question. it was so strong with me i had to keep checking to make sure i had not leaked breast milk but never did. I also thoght i would check to make sure it was not still there from my baby and with all the trying in the world, there was absolutely NO breast milk in there. Funny enough for mr i have had this feeling all day today again and have not used contraception since my m/c. so fingers crossed for you and me :)
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I have been getting the milk let down feeling for the past 2 weeks. It is constant. I feel it every day, which makes my breasts feel tender. I am on the Depo shot, and have been since January. I took a pregnancy test, but I have heard with the shot, you can get a false negative. What are my chances of being pregnant? I would be happy either way. I just want to know.
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hi,   I am 42 years old and breastfed all my children, but my youngest is 9 years old.  I have always occ. felt a letdown sensation, but lately feel it almost daily, and a fullness in my breasts that reminds me of the feeling of needing to go find my baby so I can nurse. Has this happened to anyone else, and do you know the cause?
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Same age as you, same # of kids, youngest also 9, lately having same thing happen. Am looking for answers as well....
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I am 44 and have not nursed in 6 years. I recently have been having the "let down" feeling in my right breast. Is it a hormone thing? There is absolutely NO way I can be pregnant and this is completely irritating!
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No one has posted back to say if the breast let-down feeling was in fact a sign of pregnancy for them. I have BF both my babies (oldest 3 1/2, youngest 1 1/2) and this let-down feeling was true with my second pregnancy. I chalked it up to having stopped BFing my oldest only a few months before I got pg again. This time it's been awhile since I've BF and have not had any surging like I've been having the last few days. I'm about a week away from knowing if I'm PG again but I do believe this could be an early sign of PG for some women.  
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Did you ever find out what was happening to you?  This has been happening to me for the past 2 days and Im wondering if I should get checked out.  Thanks!
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I have been having the "let down reflex" feeling along with a sensation of fulness and even heaviness in both my breasts, my youngest child is 4 and I last breast fed 3 1/2 yrs ago, and that was only for 6 months.  I'm kind of worried, because I've been having this feeling on and off for almost 3 yrs.  I've been wanting to ask my Dr. about it, but I'm not sure how to describe it to him.
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I recently read this article looking for answers myself.  I have  been feeling "let down" sensations on and off over the last couple years but recently have felt it very regularly.  I have 3 children in whom i breast fed.  My youngest is 10 and have not breast fed for 9 years.  I am 47 years old and had my tubes tide...I can not be pregnant.  However, i have also  been experiencing periods every three weeks or so..I believe this is some hormonal change in my body.  I do not understand this but have an appt coming up to see my Gyn.MD  for yearly exam...I plan on doing alot of questioning to find out what is going on..I should be close to metopause....too old to have babies.
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My daughter will be 13 in February and I'm actively seeking an answer as to why I'm still feeling the let-down sensation.  I nursed her for 1 year but I still had milk for 2 more years.  Can someone please provide a sound answer?
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I am 42 and my oldest child is 17. I am too experiencing the same thing. I have read a couple of articles that explain this. 1. Excessive caffeine. It seems that when we have too much caffeine and are older, we will get letdown in both breasts. 2. The scarier one, Breast Cancer. It seems there is no clear explanation, but women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer have experienced the let down months and years in advance of the diagnosis.
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Just wondering how you made out at the obgyn, I am experiencing the same symptoms and I am 42. I have 2 children, the youngest is 10 , I did breastfeed her for a year but no chance of pregnancy. Thanks for any info you have.
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I am 46 with 2 bf kids age 10 & 15. I had a hysterectomy 1 yr ago.I am having same let down feeling (tingling) in my breasts.  I know i don't have any babies to feed! Any ideas?
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I am 45 years old and my youngest is 8 so  alot of years since breastfeeding.  The last few months I thought I was going through menopause, I was having night sweats and hot flashes. I am no longer on the pill as of July.  Last week I started having sharp pains in my lower abdomen (ovulation?) and this week my nipples hurt so bad and my breasts are tingling and having the let down sensation.  I am wondering if it is just hormone changing in my body again and I am kicking back out of menopause symptoms?
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