Pregnancy comes with a lot of changes to all different parts of your body. Some of these changes, you probably expected from what you’ve learned from friends, books and movies. Other changes can be surprising or even make you worry that there’s a problem with you or your baby.
What is this Clear Sticky Liquid?
The clear sticky liquid which may come out of your nipples in pregnancy is known as colostrum. It can range in color from clear through to orange or yellow or even white.
Colostrum is baby’s first, extremely nutritious, food and it’s produced by your body in pregnancy in preparation for your baby’s eventual arrival. Some women find that they leak large amounts, while others will find that the only way to get it out is by squeezing the aereola or nipple.
How Early Will Colostrum Leak?
Many women find that colostrum will begin to leak or appear around 20-30 weeks into the pregnancy. However a minority of women notice colostrum as early as 4-12 weeks into a pregnancy.
Is it Bad if No Colostrum Leaks Before Birth?
Some women never leak colostrum in pregnancy but this is not necessarily a bad sign. Some women find that their breasts will not release colostrum until their newborn latches onto their breast after birth and begins the suckling which is especially designed to remove colostrum and milk from the breast.
Colostrum will not change into transitional milk till 2-10 days after birth and transitional milk will not change into mature milk till 10-28 days after birth. As long as you continue to breastfeed and also seek support from an IBCLC, you and your baby can start on your breastfeeding journey.