Right, no one told me this could happen. You might think I’d have come across this as part of all my ‘research’ for this blog, but no. It may surprise you to know that I tend to write about things as they happen to me…And, when it comes to leaking nipples I thought that was surely the domain of the breast feeder.
Yesterday I stayed back at Mike’s Mum and Dad’s while everyone else went out for a walk. I decided I’d have a little nap and actually went into what felt like a coma, and I got rudely awaken by everyone as they trooped back into the house. I wondered around in a daze for a little while until Mike pointed out that I had something ominous looking on my t-shirt directly above my left nipple. It turned out it came from my nipple and it was sore for quite some time afterwards. And, everyone would have seen it. Mint.
After washing my t-shirt so I had a huge wet patch for a boob (rather than a weird little blob of…something), I found out what the hell is going on – just in case it’s a sign I’m about to go into labour. You never know.
I went to my go-to for all things medical, Baby Center, and after they assured me it was perfectly normal to leak (or not leak) something delightfully known as ‘premilk’ (or colostrum), this is what they had to say:
Colostrum is a thick, yellowish fluid that contains antibodies that help protect new babies from infections. If you choose to breastfeed, this precious liquid will nourish your baby until your milk comes in. Colostrum has more protein, but less carbohydrate and fat than mature breast milk. It’s easy to digest and has just the right amount of nutrients a baby needs in the first few days after birth.
Apart from the ‘thick, yellowish fluid’, which sounds rank, the rest sounds very good and I sincerely hope that I’ll be able to breast feed my baby for this reason. In the mean time, there seems to be more embarrassing pregnancy symptoms to get to know every week. What a joy.