Weaning: Milk tastes strange after weaning

My eight-month-old son has weaned himself from nursing about a month ago. The other day my partner told me that my milk tasted bad while we were making love. I tasted it, and it did taste strange. I'm also still leaking on a regular basis. Is this normal?

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It is normal for the taste of your milk to change once weaning takes place. When breastfeeding or milk expression stops, milk composition changes. If weaning is abrupt, the levels of lactose and potassium in your milk decrease and the sodium, chloride, fat and total protein increases over the next 42 days. Your milk will taste salty, rather than sweet and may seem more concentrated. This is a normal part of involution.

Breast changes occur slowly in the year or so following weaning. In the first several weeks following weaning breasts may still leak milk. Many moms can still express a drop or two of milk from their breasts for quite some time after weaning. This is normal. If you have spontaneous nipple discharge several months following weaning, where drops escape without hand expression or breast stimulation, you need to be evaluated by your healthcare provider.

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