Post # 1
I am expecting my first baby on October 3rd and had a weird symptom pop up this evening for the first time. I noticed that my areolas were extremely dry (this has not happened before) — like the skin was flaking off of both of them. I started to examine them a bit and noticed that when I touched the nipple a bit, a clearish liquid came out — of both of them! It was very minimal… probably wouldn’t even soak through my clothes if I just let it be. I then squeezed both nipples to see if more would come out… AND IT DID! Is this normal ladies? Should I call my doctor on Monday about it? It certainly didn’t look like milk… it was clear, but kind of oily when touched and rubbed between my fingers. If it is breast milk… I thought that didn’t come in until after the baby is born? Has anybody else experienced this??
Post # 3
It’s completely normal. It’s colostrum, the first ‘milk’ that the baby eats right after birth before the true milk comes in. Your breasts produce it throughout pregnancy so that it’s available for your baby whenever he/she is born, if it’s premature.
Post # 4
yep. completely normal. I started ‘leaking’ at 22 weeks for my first (who also happened to be born at 24weeks) and 26 weeks for my second (made it to 36 weeks)
Post # 5
@wifey2be: So, does this mean I might go into labor early?
Post # 6
This is completely normal, and is not an indicator for going into labor early. But it might mean your milk will completely come in quickly after delivery.
Post # 7
no, not at all! If anything it means you will have a great milk supply for your baby!
Sorry to freak you out. I had prem bubs because I have a severe deformity in my uterus (bicornuate uterus). my leaky boobs were no indication of early labour. I also started lactating with my first 5 days after my waters broke which was because of an ongoing undiagnosed urinary tract infection/kidney infection/irratable uterus/heamorraging/bicornuate uterus/stress related/,, general shit pregnancy… (my waters broke at 21 +6) I have also have an exceptional milk supply.
With my first because he was so little when born (fitted in my hand) I had to exclusively pump for the first three months of his life untill he was strong and mature enough to feed properly. My boobs went into overdrive and I was making 3 litres (3.17 quarts) of milk a day!! I breasfed him till he was 13 months!
my second is now 15 months old and I am still breastfeeding her! 🙂
Sorry to freak you out hon!
Post # 8
I started leaking colostrum around 30 some weeks I believe? Maybe earlier, I can’t remember. But it’s TOTALLY normal. I went early, but only by a couple of days, but there are ladies on the July mamas thread that have been leaking and overdue, so I wouldn’t take it as a sign of early labor by any means.
Post # 9
I’ve been “leaking” since I was around 18 weeks pregnant and I still am (31 weeks today!). Completely normal! I have heard it is more of a sign that your milk will come in very nicely when LO is born, I have never heard of it being correlated with pre-term labor. I wouldn’t worry about it at all 🙂
Post # 10
@amw511s: sooo last night after reading this post, i decided to examine myself and i have the same thing… at 17 weeks!
Post # 11
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I have this too at 14 weeks. I had it sporadically before I was even pregnant too though. Everything I’ve read says it’s normal for it to come in a bit in pregnancy. 🙂
Post # 11
When you are 7 months pregnant the baby is already kicking and the colostrum if a perfectly normal thing. Your boby knows the baby is coming soon and adapts to it.