Liquid just came out of my breast, but I'm still pregnant...

Amber - posted on 03/13/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I'm 31 weeks along, I sneezed (I have a sinus infection, but I am using an herbal remedy and not antibiotics), and I immediately noticed that my nipple felt wet. I'm not wearing a bra because I'm already in my pjs. The front of my shirt was a bit wet, an oblong circle about the size of a dime and a smaller circle just above that, exactly where my nipple is. So I squeezed the nipple a bit, and tiny drop came out. It appears to be clear (on my shirt and the tiny drop). About 5 minutes later, my shirt is dry but you can tell where the spot was because it's a bit stiff where it was wet, but nothing comes out of my nipple when I squeeze.

I'm wondering if that is normal, something I should worry about, what? It's about 9pm on a Friday night, so I really don't want to bother my midwife if I don't have to. Anyone had this before? If so, what were you told about it?

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Kattleynn - posted on 12/28/2013

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I have the same stuff coming from my nipple but what ever it is I taste rely good to me.

Katie - posted on 03/14/2009

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We're a funny bunch! I remember being incredibly worried because I DIDN'T leak whilst pregnant! I was terrified it meant my milk ducts hadn't developed properly, and I wouldn't be able to feed my baby! Hehe! Never happy, are we???

Dana - posted on 03/14/2009

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I leaked with my second and more with my third. My girls are close and I had just weaned my older daughter a few months before my newest was born and she became obsessed with my breasts again because she could smell the colostrum... I also have a huge amount of milk this time. The first couple weeks I was having to get up and pump in the night just so I could sleep... :)

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As some people have mentioned, it is not rare to leak colostrum during pregnancy; it is quite common.



I'm not sure whether Eva was implying that leaking colostrum during pregnancy indicates that you are more likely to have an over-supply? Just to clear that up, there is no corrolation between leaking colostrum during pregnancy and over-supply. Most women find that they have engorged breast for the first few weeks (sometimes more, sometimes less) after birth, until their supply settles down. A well fitting bra will be your best friend :) Perhaps if you have trouble finding a bra that fits well in the first few week you could try some really close fitting singlets...



Good luck! 



 

Krystal - posted on 03/14/2009

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i too did not think it was a rare thing to have happen.



i leaked with both pregnancy's, with it happening more often with my 2nd.

Michelle - posted on 03/14/2009

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Quoting Eva:



Hi Amber,






It's rare to leak colostrum before the baby comes BUT it is not an indication of a problem.  Both of my breasts started leaking every night after the 5th month of my pregnancy with my son who is now one years old.  Every morning, I would wake up with stiff circles on my t-shirt, sometimes I would wake up in the middle of the night because my chest would be cold from being so wet. 






Word of caution... expect to have an "oversupply" of milk when your baby is born.  Some people count that as a blessing, but it was more of a curse for me because the milk would come out too forcefully and choke my son.






By the way, I think it's great that you have a midwife taking care of you and your baby.  I had a midwife too and it was a wonderful experience.






Take care,






Eva





Okay, don't agree at all that it is "rare" as I leaked for the last month and a half of my pregnancy, as did a LOT of women I have known who were pregnant. I used to tease my husband about it, but I woke up almost every morning with a weird dried circle on my PJs because I had leaked collustrum while I slept. Totally normal, just your body and hormones getting ready for the little one to emerge so you can feed them!!



 



Best of luck.

Amber - posted on 03/13/2009

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Glad to know that this is normal.  I guess I can joke around now that not only does my bladder leak when I sneeze, so does my breast!  ROFL



An "oversupply"... great...  Not to be inappropriate, but I was a 40L and beginning to overflow my bras a bit before I got pregnant.  I finally found a bra that will work for now, but just thinking of an "oversupply" makes me really nervous after already knowing that it will take potentially several months for my supply to level out with what my baby needs.  This is going to get interesting.

Michelle - posted on 03/13/2009

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Yes, its totally normal. I started leaking at around 61/2 months. Get some breastpads and a good supportive bra.

Nicole - posted on 03/13/2009

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Totally normal! I started at 5 months with daughter, and 6 months with son.

Eva - posted on 03/13/2009

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Hi Amber,



It's rare to leak colostrum before the baby comes BUT it is not an indication of a problem.  Both of my breasts started leaking every night after the 5th month of my pregnancy with my son who is now one years old.  Every morning, I would wake up with stiff circles on my t-shirt, sometimes I would wake up in the middle of the night because my chest would be cold from being so wet. 



Word of caution... expect to have an "oversupply" of milk when your baby is born.  Some people count that as a blessing, but it was more of a curse for me because the milk would come out too forcefully and choke my son.



By the way, I think it's great that you have a midwife taking care of you and your baby.  I had a midwife too and it was a wonderful experience.



Take care,



Eva

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