Women may notice several changes in their body during pregnancy. Others may cause serious concern, but there are also some that are just common conditions and one of these is leaking breasts.
Leaking breasts is normal and there’s nothing to worry about. This condition usually happens when a pregnant woman starts producing milk weeks or sometimes months before she is due to have a baby.
The liquid leaking on the expectant mom’s nipples, which may be thick, sticky, and yellowish, is not an actual milk yet but a substance called colostrum. This is low in fat and high in carbohydrates and proteins as well as antibodies, which are very beneficial to a newborn baby.
When experiencing this condition, you may notice that there are times when both of your breasts are leaking while sometimes only one leak. There will also be days when you leak a lot of liquid, while on other days only a little comes out on your breasts.
What can you do about your leaking breasts?
For some pregnant women, leaking breasts may cause a little discomfort. If this condition bothers you, you may use tissue or disposable breast pads (sometimes called maternity or nursing pads) in your bra to absorb the leak. These products are usually readily available in pharmacies and mother-and-baby shops.
When should you worry about leaking breasts?
While this condition is the least of a pregnant woman’s worries, leaking breasts should still be closely monitored. Inform your doctor immediately if the liquid leaking from your breasts has blood in it. It’s also advisable to tell your doctor if you think you're experiencing a lot of leakage.
Still has leaking breasts post-pregnancy?
After giving birth, your breasts will still most likely produce colostrum. Breast milk will only come in after about three to four days. Until then, you can feed your newborn child with the colostrum that you are producing.
Remember, don’t get stressed out about leaking breasts during pregnancy. It’s a sign that your body is just doing what it needs to do to prepare for your baby’s arrival.
Original Publisher: theAsianparent