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Questions on non pregnant naturally occuring lactation

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melinda brown
Neonate
Username: Jmpnovr

Post Number: 1
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 03, 2006 - 08:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare is just a non pregnant lactating machine. I would like to know what has triggered this, after some searching I found where sulpiride and domperidone induces lacation but my question is where do they occur naturally? What other natural substances can cause spontanious lactation?
I have heard Alfalfa mentioned but what is in the alfalfa that would trigger lacation.
Has anyone ever had a mare that lactated in resonse to being stabled next to a mare in foal and then the foal? Seems weird but she is a pretty sensitive mare.... and would love to steal that baby if given the chance.
Plus, although we have not done any stripping of her milk she wont dry up. (We moved her stall to the other side away from the foal and mare.)
Any experience with nurse mares and this area would be helpful, thanks everyone!!
P.S. Should I be concerned about her nutrition?
 

Torsten Tiemann
Nursing Foal
Username: Qhbreeder

Post Number: 16
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Sunday, August 06, 2006 - 04:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

No one seems to answer!
So i cant help you much, but Alfalfa is extremly rich in Protein!! Good for Producing Milk - not to trigger it though.It was that other mare with her Baby that did that - happens all over the world with mares that are like yours (Baby lovers)
Moving her away -Exellent. Suggestion:Put her of Alfalfa and any grain or sweet feed for a few days and see if that helps ! Ask your vet before since i dont know your mare - she may need any of the above mentioned that I dont know!

Cheers Torsten
 

melinda brown
Neonate
Username: Jmpnovr

Post Number: 2
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Sunday, August 06, 2006 - 12:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Torsten,
Thanks so much, I'm so pleased my instinct about her and the moma next door was a good one and moving her as well. You can tell I am a new owner, must have been an obvious question to those experienced so I really appriciate you taking the time to answer me.
I am at an excellant barn with many experienced people but no one I guess had ever had a mare that was this much of a baby lover. I had asked around and everyone said REALLY!!?? How Odd...
So again THANKS there is such a thing as "sympathy milk" in a mare! And I don't need to worry about missing something medically or nuetritionally except for keeping an eye out for mastitis.
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 961
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Sunday, August 06, 2006 - 09:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Some mares lactate spontaneously without pregnancy and/or parturition. It is in response to hormones - at least in part progesterone and estrogens, not to mention prolactin. I do not believe you are seeing a response to dopamine antagonists such as sulpiride or domperidone.

Unless your mare develops mastitis, it should not be a cause for concern.
 

Toni
Weanling
Username: Toni

Post Number: 36
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Friday, September 01, 2006 - 08:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare has produced milk for two summers straight. She wasn't pregnant either time. She is very healthy, just always has white milk.



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