How long is it possible for a woman to lactate? See details..?

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How long is it possible for a woman to lactate? See details..?
Can a woman lactate permanently after having a child providing that she empties her breasts several times a day every day (via breastpump or partner ect) and maintains good breast health-and never has any more children or gets pregnant again?Also how will menopause effect lactation? Could said person continue to lactate normally through and past menopause without any change or? Are there any other circumstances that would effect this?Mature responses only please :) thanks
I don't think I want to know why you want to know, but yes, a woman could in theory continue to be able to lactate for the rest of her life, if she was really diligent about maintaining it. Menopause wouldn't affect it--in fact it might make it easier to lactate, since lacatation is controlled by the pituitary gland, not the ovaries, and ovarian function in the form of estrogen causes you to stop being able to lactate. If you were to take hormones like birth control pills or hormone replacement, that would cause you to stop being able to lactate.
Theoretically, no. But I have to tell you that in more primitive cultures it is common for grandmothers to nurse their grandchildren. And I have seen them produce milk. Difficult for me to explain this physiologically.Look, I believe in evolution and I am not hung up on the Bible as being the only way to explain things, but among the last verses of the Book of Ruth, it is stated, "And Naomi to Obed (her grandson) to her bosom and was a nurse unto him." Admittedly not all versions of the Bible translate it this way, but it is interesting vis a vis your question.


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