Daily Health Tips:Leakage of BreastMilk


Q: Good morning Dr. I am 4 months pregnant now but my breast runs especially when I am sleeping and is pressed with my body, my bed gets soaked. Though before now I use to experience such but not as serious as now. Please what do I do?

 

A: Congratulations on your pregnancy!

 

One of the things you expect to happen in pregnancy is breast fullness with attendant pain/tenderness. This is due to the hormones, estrogen and progesterone, increase in blood flow and fat deposits in the breast…all in preparation for the job of breastfeeding the soon-to-be-born baby.

 

The breasts may start to produce milk as early as second trimester (from about 14 weeks) into the pregnancy. This may show up as leakage of fluid (breast milk) from the breast. This milk is colostrum, the first milk produced by a mother to feed her young. This milk is filled with antibodies which help protect and strengthen the baby’s immune system. This leakage can be prevented by using breast pads

 

To help out with breast enlargement and consequent pain during pregnancy, please invest in a good bra that provides the right support and sleep with bra tops or sports bras when sleeping to give you more support if you’re uncomfortable while sleeping.

 

I hope this helps.

Have a good night, y’all 😀

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