Nipple discharge (colostrum) during pregnancy
Nipple discharge is a normal part of pregnancy. Most women experience colostrum leakage throughout pregnancy and even after birth. During pregnancy, you go through a lot of breast changes to prepare you for childbirth. Most pregnant women experience colostrum leakage in the late first trimester or early second trimester.This leakage is common especially during sexual arousal or breast massages. Colostrum leakage may increase during the latter stages of pregnancy. This is a normal reaction as your body prepares for childbirth.
What is colostrum ?
Colostrum is the first milk your breast produces during pregnancy. It is loaded with proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and antibodies that fight disease-causing agents such as bacteria and viruses. It also contains immunoglobulins which are antibodies that are passed down from the mother to the baby. It provides the baby with passive immunity which means the mother passes on antibodies from her immune system to protect the baby from bacterial and viral infections. It is recommended that breastfeeding starts within the first hour of life. Within 2 to 4 days , your body will stop making colostrum and start making transitional milk. Transitional milk contains high levesl of fats and lactose. You will produce mature milk in about 2 weeks after transitional milk. This is the milk the baby will use until he is weaned.
There is nothing you can do about colostrum leakage. You can use breast pads to control the problem. Use these pads with sports bra to reduce the discomfort from breast tenderness.
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