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Q&A: Leaky breasts in third trimester?

My breasts are leaking, and I haven’t even given birth yet! Why? And what should I do about it?

Re: My breasts are leaking, and I haven’t even given birth yet! Why? And what should I do about it?

The Bump Expert

The thick, yellow liquid that's leaking out of your breasts is called colostrum, and it's absolutely normal. This is just another part of your body getting ready for baby! Colostrum is chock full of protein, antibodies and immunoglobulins, and will protect baby from infections and help get out that first poop of meconium. It's the perfect food for baby's first days -- easy to digest and loaded with just the right amount of nutrients. Your body starts making colostrum just three or four months into pregnancy, which is why this valuable substance is already starting to leak. By the time you give birth, the colostrum will probably be pale or clear. It will keep on coming until a few days after delivery, when it switches over to mature breast milk. For now, grab a couple of nursing pads to soak up the goods, and no one will notice a thing.

The Bump Editors

Q&A: Leaky breasts in third trimester?

mine just started tonight! i am 33 weeks pregnant and did not expect that to start happening!

favres-fave |

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my right breast started leaking while intimate with my husband last night...ugh, pregnacy is one embarassment after another!

babycakesSD |

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Mine started leaking at night in my sleep around week 20!! Definitely is embarrassing to wake up with spots on your shirt, but it's better than leaking during the day. I haven't had to use nursing pads yet because they aren't leaking during the day, thank goodness.

emnian |

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Ive had 7 children and pregnant wit my 8th and ive only had leaking wit my first child!!! why?

korean3 |

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I've been leaking little bits since month 5. Just until this week (week 28) it would only happen at night if I was wearing a loose shirt with no bra. This week at work I "leaked" through my sports bra and top. Not a lot, but enough to be seen Lucky for me my husband caught it before I left for work. I guess its time to get some nursing pads.

wmeasel |

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What about leaking in the FIRST tri? I woke up this morning to a little bit of leakage and it totally freaked me out!

chaychay0lay |

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I sort of wish I was leaking! I am loving every bit of my pregnancy and even like seeing my stretch marks on my belly...they make me even more excited for the baby. My husband is used to me providing TMI and showing him every new bodily change. Then we discuss why it happens and we both seem to find the changes pretty amazing. I would also feel more secure in my ability to nurse the baby if my breasts were leaking. Lets go boobs! Get ready for baby!

FirstTimeMommy2010 |

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I have been leaking for 2 months already and just entered the 3rd trimester as of today.... luckily it only happened when I laid down.

imsoooexcited |

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Finally! A little bit of leakage this morning...maybe my boobs will work after all :)

FirstTimeMommy2010 |

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I'm 24 weeks along and have been leaking for weeks already!! It just got to the point last week where I actually leaked through my shirt and bra, so now I have to wear the nursing pads. Definitely getting some washable ones since apparently I will be leaking for a long time!

kokomokola |

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I have been leaking since about 22 weeks and I am now 28, cloth breast pads are easy to use and washable. I look at it as part of it...and I am finding that my pregnant friends ask...is this happening to you.. and I say no, and within a week it happens. Its all part of it and my body is getting ready for my baby boy :) He cant get here fast enough! Another tip if you are needing to get bigger bras get nursing bras if you are planning on nursing, they are very comfy!!

rustyredbutterfly |

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Probably sounds weird, but emotionally, leaking made me feel like a grown up woman One who's that much more ready to take care of this little person who's been kickin me for awhile! It's not much, only if I'm leaning against my chest or something. Then I realized I was going to worry about this. Looks like I'll be shopping for some nursing bras sooner than expected, my current ones are too thin to put any padding in and not be noticable. Help! Where did you get your nursing bras???

wack |

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I didn't think...or I hoped anyway, that I wouldn't leak before the big day, just because I didn't want my husband to pick on me about it and laugh. Anyway, sure enough, when I was just about 33 weeks I woke up in the morning with small wet spots on my nightgown. Of course he noticed right away, but obviously doesn't REALLY care, just likes to pick on me, lol! Out of curiosity, I gently squeezed my breasts and the colostrum that came out was clear and thin, not thick and yellow. I have to admit, it's kind of reassuring to know that I am producing it, because I was planning on breastfeeding!

jen_jupiter |

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Im almost 37 weeks and have had no leaking and my boobs have not grown much =[ am i going to be able to breastfeed?

CAP2010 |

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CAP2010 im with you but im only 28weeks i feel the same way i had no problems with 1st son i had him 8 yrs ago, but i could remember my boobs growing in the first month i got prego. But this pregnacie is total diff, My boobs havent grown and i havent leaked im starting to wonder if i will be able to breast feed i will have to ask the doc when i go next week? Its starting to worry me a bit, And the thing is i breastfeed my son.

Mrs.Espinoza |

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I'm 29 weeks today and I've been leaking since 24 weeks, but only at night. It's not every night either. I did buy some nursing pads, but I don't use them during the day. I am not enjoying sleeping in a bra at night either, so I just usually go without. It means some extra laundry one or two days a week, but that's not so bad. I've also found that just sleeping in a sports bra is enough compression to make me not leak, even without the pads. If I do have any leakage during the day, it's not enough for me to even notice. Sometimes when I take my bra off at night, I noticed a little bit of dried stuff on my breasts, but my bra is always dry.

sunfloweremily |

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I'm not sure when I started leaking but it has at least been over 6 weeks now and I'm just starting week 28. At first I had no idea what was going on because I would take my bra off at night to go to bed and there was crusty stuff inside...for the longest time I could not figure out what it was. Then one night my husband and I were watching a movie and I had already gotten ready for bed. At some point while we were sitting there he looked at me and said, "Baby, you're leaking." Hahahaha, that's when I figured out what was in my bra...silly me :P

MrsLovewell |

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I am 28 weeks and my right boob starting leaking Thursday night. That's never happened before especially when I was pregnant with my son and that was six years ago.

Marsha05 |

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ugh mine started at 26wks and now im going through 3 to 4 pads a day now! so frustrating. im 28 weeks now.

m.z.roberts |

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I'm 28 weeks and have been leaking for months now - just a little bit - at night, when I shower, and randomly. Its thin and clear but has a very milky smell. All my pajamas end up with spots on them. Glad I'm not the only one.

ashrv |

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I'm so glad to see that this is normal. I'm 28 weeks, and my husband noticed a spot on my shirt this morning. I noticed a little something in my bra last night, but thought nothing of it. Now I understand!

meridethdodd |

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At 27 weeks I woke up to a little wet spot on the bed sheets, I think it's a little gross but it gets me excitteduch closer to meeting my little guy.

NinaBart |

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mine have been leaking for about two months now and im only 28 weeks. i usually dont notice it, it mostly happens with me and my husband are intimate. hes nice enough to not say anything about it, but by the time i notice i have already soaked him.

sccheerbabe09 |

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Mine started leaking at about 24 weeks I believe, but thankfully it has only happened a few times (I'm 28 weeks now) since then and only been at night or when I get out of the shower. I think the warmth in the shower stimulates the leakage. I'm just glad to know I won't have a problem feeding baby!

ebennett1 |

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i am 28 weeks and my breasts are leaking for at least 3 weks now

sandraisabel |

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i am 35 weeks pregnant and my breasts are not leaking at all!! this is my 3rd pregnancy,with my other 2 pregnncies they didn't either...is this bad?? or quite normal too???

jasm2010 |

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Ok so I started 'leaking' around 16 or 18 weeks! Just clear-ish stuff but around 22 weeks I started to get 'milky' veins in it. My Dr isn't concerned and my doula said it's totally normal even as early as I started. I've only had spots on my shirt a few times when I wake up so I just change my shirt. I don't know if it's the right thing to do or not but every once in awhile I will squeeze it out in the shower because sometimes it's so sensitive that I will leak while trying to put a bra on... Ugh. :)

trianalantz |

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I started leaking at week 16. Its been clear the whole time, sometimes with some milkyness. There are times I will leak a ton from both of them. I'm talking like 2 tbsp each, easy. I get huge spots on my shirt, sometimes going a few inches down. Its really annoying.

AngelRaine |

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i started leaking at 18 weeks, and around 22 weeks it got really bad. ive been using lansinoh breast pads like crazy!

mandrew29 |

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i am 27 weeks and started leaking a week ago. mine isnt yellow thought its clear. and its usually durring the day but not a whole lot. or when you press on them. the DH thought it was funny one night to sit there and poke me.

mrsisaac2010 |

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i started leaking at 24 weeks

pixiejazz |

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mine started at 24 weeks. i was so hormonal i started crying because its just one more thing that made the pregnancy seem real to me. i was really emotional. i had my husband pick up some pads for me on the way home from work. luckily i had one pair that i'd gotten as a sample in a goodie bag from my doctor! mine wasn't yellow though, it was clear but dried kind of yellowish. on my shirts where i leaked it made a sticky hard stain. i told my husband he's not allowed to touch while i'm leaking because on top of them leaking they are also SORE!

beautiflaw |

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i started leaking when i was berly 4 months pragnet!

Karimee |

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I'm 31 weeks and 3 days pregnant and I havent had any leakage at all...my boobs arent even tender. I'm worried that this means im not gonna produce any milk and my plan is to breast feed my son. Is it normal not to have any leakage?

Root1014 |

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Im 28w4days and i started leaking about a week ago. i had NO IDEA that its OKAY to leak before you are due to give birth, i thought that it meant that i was goin to go into early labor and my body was getn the milk ready to get out till i was so freaked out that i called my sister, a friend, went on a few sites and got calmed down knowing that i was freaking out over nothing basically. but boi is it embarassing, oh pregnancy!

ktp209 |

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I am now at 36 weeks and have been leaking a little at night for a couple of months now. For me it has been a wonderful thing- I had a breast reduction 6 years ago and had no idea if I would be able to breastfeed or not, but my doctor says that this is a great sign!!!

screechowl88 |

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im 28 weeks and haven't had any leakage... makes me worried that i wont be able to breastfeed like i wanted to.

heastarnes |

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I'm getting ready to breast feed my third child...I'm at 34 weeks and just started leaking at 33 weeks...you will be fine. I didn't have any leakage until birth with my first child. Whether or not you leak before birth has nothing to do with whether or not you'll be able to breast feed..so no worries now and good luck!

m1bame |

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Mine started leaking Around 27weeks slowly overnight and now they just won't quit I'm only 29 weeks

banjo87 |

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i am 20 weeks about to be 21 and i woke up last night with wet spots on only the left side of my shirt and through out today it has been leaking a little my right doesn't seem to be leaking at all why??? this is my first pregnancy.

adriansmomi |

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I was 25 weeks when my breasts started leaking. I saw a little wet stain, smaller than the size of a dime, on the inside of my bra and I thought that water may have fallen on my bra while brushing my teeth. Then I started noticing stains on my night shirt the size of a penny and recently, now at 28 weeks, the size of a quarter when I awoke. Funny thing is it is only happening at night so I am not wearing nursing pads just yet. I am happy to see that the colostrum is there because I am looking forward to breastfeed!

kbellofiore |

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mine started at 24 weeks! i leak so much and its all clear! they say since i plan to breastfeed this means i will be producing lots of milk!

wataswellgal |

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I"m 31 weeks, and mine leak just about every night, but never during the day (knock on wood)!

Daniellem_06 |

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Mine leak in a hot shower or if my fiance stimulates my breasts at all. He is ok with it, so it helps. I was soooo embrassed!

CaptnBzBaby |

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I'm at 22 weeks and just put 2 and 2 together to discover that I'm leaking a little colostrum. This is weird, yes- but so exciting! I'm obsessed with the "need" to breastfeed my baby boy and so this excites me so much! I've had implants and even though the doc that did them said everything should work fine, I've been warned and warned by friends and others- to the point of annoyance!- that I might not be able to. Everyone tells me breast feeding is SO hard, so I'm prepping myself mentally for that, but I'm taking this as a wonderful sign that I'll be able to breastfeed!

vam015100 |

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ZoomView |

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mine started a 16 wks. I remember calling my mom to have her explain to me what was going on.

aeori |

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Luckily I never had problems with my breasts, but to be sure I check them every year. Now my only concern is where to find a good breast augmentation beverly hills cabinet to modify them without endanger my health. I read so many stories about this issue and now I don't know what to think.

marta8080 |

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28 weeks and started happening the other day when I was laying on my side to see the baby move... I got up and noticed wetness on my forearm - I kept on looking around to see if the ceiling was leaking - not sure why it would! Nope it was me - leaking - ughhh!!!

Jennifer Gallo |

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I am 21 weeks 5 days and might right boob started leaking today, i wasnt expecting that untill later because my doctor told me that wouldnt happen untill the third trimester but im not really worried because it was only a little.

AshleyMarielang123 |

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This is my fourth pregnancy and the first time I've leaked like this before the baby's been born. I have had no problems with breastfeeding any of my previous 3 kids. (nursed for 17 months, 14 months, and 5 months, respectively) I'm not leaking colostrum, though; I'm actually leaking MILK! Definitely increases if I've been leaning over/laying on my chest, or if I'm aroused. Feeling a bit like a cow, as I can squeeze it right out of there. For you first time moms, watch out; breast milk can stain if you're not careful. Make sure you rinse out those shirts right away if you can! Good luck!

mama6W |

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I am 28 weeks today and I started leaking around week 24/25. It comes out of one more than the other and it's clear. My boobs leak very little during the day, but at night they leak a lot more. I'll wake up and I'll have a spot on my shirt the size of a golf ball. Depending on which side I lay on depends on which boob is going to leak more.

bbeye87 |

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i could handle waking up in a boob level puddle but when i leaked all over my husband during our moment last night, it was sort of embarrassing... glad to know im not alone here though lol

kateronium |

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Im 32 Week's And I Been Leaking For About 3 Months But Not A Whole Lot And It's Clear But I Just Get Occasional Crust On My Nipples Is That Normal

alyssa2392 |

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I am 35+ weeks and started leaking the other night after having an 'O' with my hubby-2-b. This is our 2nd child so embarrassment is no longer that big of an issue. I do have a question about it though and i'm not sure if this is the place to post it or not. I tried breastfeeding my son but my body didn't produce enough milk so we went to bottles. I still have my breast pump..if I start using it now to get my boobs ready, will that help me make more when the baby gets here?

JanellO2b |

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I will be 33 weeks tomorrow and mine just started leaking this morning. I had heard this would happen, but I will be honest with you, it was a little shocking to see that already! It's not bad enough that I need nursing pads yet, but I will have to pick some up to be prepared. Really nervous about delivery and all...

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