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Thread: Lactating Before Birth
15th April 2014 03:21 AM #1
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Lactating Before Birth
How do you stop milk coming out of a woman's breasts before delivery?
15th April 2014 04:35 AM #2
Thank you for your question.
Breastmilk is made ready for the baby during the second trimester of pregnancy. It is normal to leak some breastmilk, particularly from the third trimester onward. Many women find that if they squeeze their nipples at the end of pregnancy some colostrum (the first milk - this tends to be yellowy coloured) will come out of their nipples.
One of the reasons that breastmilk is produced at this stage in pregnancy is because if your baby was born prematurely you would still be able to breastfeed them. You can read more about breastfeeding a premature baby here.
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