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Expert Q&A:
Is it normal for my breasts to leak during pregnancy?

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Is it normal to have very leaky breasts between the sixth and eighth months of pregnancy?

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During pregnancy breast is getting larger. Breast leaking during pregnancy is quite normal. Yes, this is very normal and is a sign that your breasts are getting ready to produce milk. This leakage that resulting from breast leaking during pregnancy is called colostrum, or "pre-milk". At first pre-milk looks yellow and may feel a bit sticky, but later in pregnancy pre-milk becomes whiter and may actually look like thin, watery milk. Breast leaking during pregnancy may vary as far as amounts of colostrum are concerned from time to time. You may see more of it when you are in a warm shower as the water hits your pregnancy breast. You may even be able to express it yourself by placing your index finger above the nipple and your middle finger below it and using a squeeze-pull motion. During pregnancy breast can also produce slight leakage. If you are planning to breastfeed, the colostrum will become your baby's first nourishment. Your true milk is not produced until about the fourth day after birth, so until then the baby will be getting colostrum when he feeds. It's really quite good for him, as it's high in proteins, vitamins and minerals, contains important antibodies to help protect him from infections, helps prevent allergies and has a laxative effect to help him expel his first bowel movement, called meconium.
 
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