Galactorrhea | Overview


What is galactorrhea?

Galactorrhea (say: "gal-act-tor-ee-ah") is a condition that occurs when one or both breasts make milk (or a milky discharge). The breasts may leak only when the breasts are touched or with no stimulation. It can occur in women or in men, but is less common in men. A woman who has galactorrhea produces milk even though she is not breastfeeding a baby.


Evaluation and Treatment of Galactorrhea by Kristin S. Pena, M.D., and Jo Ann Rosenfeld, M.D. (American Family Physician May 01, 2001,

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Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 05/01