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Breast leakage early pregnancy

06/19/2006

Question:

I’m 15 weeks pregnant and have noticed that if my breasts are squeezed, even a little bit, they leak a sticky clear, yellowish, substance. My breasts don’t feel sore or hurt. I was reading through posts and articles many people describe the leakage as being white or milky but mine is clear-yellowish. Is that normal during early stages of pregnancy? Or should I be worried? Thank you

Answer:

Colostrum is able to be manually expressed after twelve weeks. Colostrum is an antibody rich secretion that is made by the breast prior to breast milk. It may be a yellowish color.  It is often leaked during the last trimester of pregnancy.   If you are concerned about this you should discuss your secretions with your health care provider

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Response by:

Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati