Leaking Breasts in Pregnancy

Are your boobs leaking clear liquid as early as the first trimester but the doctor says it's too early for colostrum? Sometimes you gotta go with your instincts.

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So many experts, so many opinions. Yet, women are individuals and every pregnancy is unique. So many women write in with concerns that their bodies are doing something the experts say they're not supposed to yet or ought to happen later. Women feel what they feel. Who says those flutters you feel at 12 weeks can't be baby kicks yet? Oh right, experts. How about those cravings? Experts say there's nothing to them, they're just excuses to overeat. Yeah, right. Tell that to any pregnant woman who knows she'll just die if she doesn't have a Haagen Dazs Bar. I know for certain that failure to meet my Haagen Dazs quota when I was pregnant with #2 would have led to my or my husband's certain death. That's a fact. Baby #3? Corn flakes.

Emily's got leaky breasts. They've been squeaking out a few drops of something ever since she was 15 weeks pregnant and she still has months to go before delivery. Too early, right? Wrong. You're lucky, Emily. Your breasts are super-powered and ready to perform. This happens to lots of women. I myself started leaking clear fluid from my nipples in the first trimester with two of my children. "Not colostrum," my doctor said. Whatever, dude, my breasts meant business.

The "official word" is that breasts start developing colostrum at around 14 weeks but I know lots of women whose breasts leaked weeks before that. I don't imagine our breasts are tied to a fixed schedule and they tend to do their thing on their own time clock. Some women leak, some don't. Some women still aren't leaking anything even after delivery but manage to produce plenty of milk. Virtually all of us are fully capable of breastfeeding our babies right around the time our babies are ready to eat—right after birth.

Take "official" advice with a grain of common sense. If you're worried about a symptom that's ahead of the curve or out of the ordinary, talk to your doctor/midwife about it. Do a little reading and educate yourself. If you're not satisfied, ask more questions and consider seeing another "expert." Congratulations, Emily, on your super-powered breasts. I consider them talented and gifted.