Is it normal to have milk present after weaning?

I had to give up breastfeeding my son five months ago due to a very severe case of persistent bilateral mastitis, which was unresponsive to oral antibiotics. Now I am finding at each month's self breast exam that I am still producing milk. Is this normal or the sign of a problem? When should I expect my milk to dry up?

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I'm really sorry to hear that you had such a severe case of mastitis. I'm sure it was very disappointing to have so much difficulty while breastfeeding your little one.

If I understand correctly, you find that you are still able to express some breastmilk when you are performing your monthly breast self-exam. This is not unusual. Many mothers are able to express milk for quite some time after weaning takes place.

The important issue is that you had to express the milk. Your milk is not flowing without prior stimulation. Spontaneous nipple discharge (drops that escape without hand expression or breast stimulation) that is unrelated to lactation should always be promptly evaluated by your Health Care Provider.

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