During pregnancy, there are some things that you may not want to think about until they happen. One of those things is leaking nipples, which usually happens around the 31st week. If this happens to you, there is no need to worry. Although it doesn't occur in all expectant moms, it's by no means uncommon.
This milk is often referred to as premilk, but it's just early colostrum. The initial discharge is rich, thick and yellow in color, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It's typically produced in small amounts, but it has lots of nutrients for the baby that may help protect it from infection. It has more protein and less carbohydrates and fats than mature breast milk, making it easy to digest.
If you're concerned about appearances, you may opt to wear a bra with inserted nursing pads. This can protect your clothes and help prevent embarrassing situations when you're out and about. However, only a few drops should leak at this time. If there's more than that, you may want to consult with a lactation specialist.
For the women who do not experience leaking premilk before giving birth, you're not missing out on much, and you most likely have some of the other symptoms commonly reported this late into pregnancy. All expectant moms in their third trimester have continued breast growth. In fact, the Mayo Clinic reports that your enlarged and tender breasts could be an additional two pounds.
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