Why do I have leaky breasts? And what can I do to stop wet patches suddenly appearing on my top when I'm pregnant? By Rachel Mostyn.
Lactation or nipple discharge is a normal part of pregnancy and the months following giving birth, but what if you experience leaky nipples or similar symptoms when you definitely aren't pregnant? Nipple discharge, also known as galactorrhea, usually occurs in women - including those who have never been pregnant - but it can affect both men and infants. There are other forms of nipple discharge which means liquid coming out of a nipple, which can be of different colour and can be spontaneous or occur upon squeezing.
From pregnancy, through breastfeeding, to after weaning, our experts explain how your breasts change — plus we give you tips on caring for them along the way. Read on to find out what to expect as you journey through the trimesters, breastfeed your baby, and eventually wean her. Surging hormones and a shift in breast structure mean your nipples and breasts may feel sensitive and tender from as early as three or four weeks.
Sometimes moms produce too much milk in the days after delivery, or have too much milk all the time. Making the right amount of milk for your baby can take patience and dedication. By recognizing hunger cues and feeding every time their baby is hungry, most moms are able to produce the perfect amount of milk. Sometimes though, moms produce too much milk, which can be uncomfortable and make it harder to breastfeed.
Each time baby begins to nurse the nerves in your breast send signals that release the milk in your milk ducts. This let down reflex usually happens after your baby has been sucking the breast for about two minutes. Some women feel this let-down reflex as a tingling or a warmth.
Lactation is the process of producing breast milk. For women who are pregnant or recently gave birth, lactation is normal. Hormones signal the mammary glands in your body to start producing milk to feed the baby.
A: Leaking clear, creamy-white or yellowish discharge from your breasts is a sign that your body is prepping to breastfeed your baby. It tends to happen toward the end of the third trimester, but can occur anytime after five or six months. The fluid you see is called colostrum, which is a precursor to the real milk you'll start producing a few days after delivery.
Kirstin Hendrickson is a writer, teacher, coach, athlete and author of the textbook "Chemistry In The World. She has a Bachelor of Science in zoology, a Bachelor of Science in psychology, a Master of Science in chemistry and a doctoral degree in bioorganic chemistry. Whether you'd like to conceive or are trying to avoid pregnancy, it's common to scrutinize yourself for signs of early pregnancy--particularly if you've recently missed a period.
Breasts that leak, drip or even spray milk in the weeks and sometimes even months after delivery are a common and normal postpartum symptom. But it can be embarrassing and downright messy. It's just your body getting used to both making milk and the feeding schedule you and your baby are trying to perfect right now with breastfeeding.
You don't get your milk come through until after you've had your baby. But even colostrum won't come through till your second trimester so you are then your pretty far along but I'd suggest calling your doctor. Everyone is different, some people milk comes out b4 they have their baby just like my Gp told me it comes out few months to the pregnancy. Hi, assuming you havent done a pregnancy test?