Post # 1
I’ve been having a milky-colored substance come out of my nipples and I am kind of confused. I did what any sensible (haha) person would do and looked this up online because as far as I know your breasts shouldn’t be secreting any substances and it weirded me out.
The web says this could be a sign of pregnancy, or breast cancer, yada yada.
My question is, has anyone experienced milky substances coming out of your nipples as a pregnancy symptom? I’ve never heard of that. Is that just internet stupidity?
Post # 3
yes it can happen when you are pregnant but usually for women who are further along in their pregnancy. I would talk to a doctor about it to be sure what is causing this
Post # 4
@bells: Yeah. I kind of paused when I read cancer. I’m at an increased risk but the doctors said I shouldn’t worry till I turn 35. I don’t know.
Post # 5
@Arya: The thing with the internet is they will always get you worried with their worst case scenarios.. I wouldnt jump to any conclusions based on the internet. Its best to have a professional do the diagnosis in person
Post # 6
Some common reasons for NORMAL nipple ‘ discharge’ include
medication – contraeptive pill, some antideprssants and reflux / stomach meds begin the biggest culprits…
Hormone changes from prenancy – usually clear / light in early stages of pregnancy, more white, watery, milky appearance in later stages
Stopping breastfeeding your baby – the a milk-like discharge may persists for a while
Excess stimulation – for example while making love, being repeatedly chafed by your bra or during exercise, such as jogging etc
To be honest tho – I’d leave your nipples alone for 3-4 days and then if the problem persists or get worse, see your doctor just in case
(I’m a nurse who deals with new mums, new babies, and contraception on a regular basis)
Post # 7
That is completely normal. Some women only have it when they’re pregnant, others have it at random times. I’ve had random secretion of milk from one nipple since I was 16. It never happens a lot, but sometimes a little crust of milk forms there. It’s totally normal.
Post # 8
you may have elevated prolactin levels which causes milky white discharge. definitely see your doctor. a simple blood test can check for prolactin levels.
Post # 9
So bit of an update. I got some blood work done. My prolactin levels were sky high, well above normal, and I am not pregnant.
So now my Doctor is thinking it’s either a tumor in my brain (around the pituitary gland) or breast cancer. I’m going in for ultrasounds and MRIs.
I feel so sorry for my hubby, we’ve been together for 3 years, but only been married for 3 1/2 months.
Anyway, just wanted to update. Thank you all for your replies.
Post # 10
Oh, sweetie. I am so sorry. We will all be keeping you in our thoughts, and wishing for the best for you. I know you must be so scared right now, and I know that it probably doesn’t help but I really hope that whatever it is, they caught it early and you’ll be able to get the treatment you need to get you back on the road to recovery. Take care.
Post # 11
@Arya: Oh my goodness. I hope you’re ok. I’m really sorry to hear your news and wish you all the best.
Post # 12
@Arya: oh honey…I am….so so sorry:( I hope anything it is, that it is benign and will only go away and not get any worse. You are lucky to have caught it before any other symptoms arose!
Post # 13
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@Arya: I am so sorry to hear this, scary time for sure. Please let us all know how you’re doing. x
Post # 14
I am so sorry!! I am glad you went and got checked though.
Post # 15
🙁 fingers crossed that things will be okay. usually if you have discharge from both breasts it is less likely to be breast cancer. most prolactin secreting tumors are benign and people do quite well with treatment. of course there is a chance it could be something bad but your symptoms are somewhat reassuring to me. hugs! hang in there and keep us updated.
Post # 16
So glad that you went in and got this checked out. Hopefully it is caught in time. I will be thinking about you and hoping for the best possible outcome!!