Milk Leaking at 11 Weeks Pregnant?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am pregnant with my third child and am only supposed to be about 11 weeks along. Recently I have noticed some early milk leaking a little out of my breasts and it is a concern for me. I never had milk of any sort until after both of my other two were born.

Could I be farther along and if so how far approximately or is this normal? I couldn't have more than one baby could I to be producing milk so early?

ANSWER

If you have breastfed your other children, it is not unusual for you to leak through a subsequent pregnancy. Usually, it is nothing to worry about and it does not mean that you are having twins. Just mention it to your provider at your next appointment.

-- Cynthia, CNM

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Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.