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    An_193259 posted:
    WELL MY NAME IS CIERA AND IM 18 I JUST TURN 18 IN MARCH AND I HAVE A SON AND HE WS BORN 3 YEARS AGO HE 2 RIGHT NOW AND IM WONDERING CAUSE I DIDNT BREAST FEED HIM AND MY CHEST IS STILL LEAKING IDK IF ITS THE PRESSURE I PUT ON THEM OR WHAT ITS KINDA CRAZY CAUSE I WOULD LIKE FOR THS JUNK TO STOP DOING THIS I HAVE TOLD MY MOM ABOUT IT AND SHE CANT SEEM TO KNOW WHAT IT IS EITHER I SPOT EVERY NOW AND THEN CAUSE IM ON BIRTH CONTROL SO ITS KINDA WEIRD BUT THAT LIFE I JUST WISH IT WILL GO AWAY AND STOP LEAKING CAUSE I BE JUST CHILLEN AND IT WILL LINK OUT THE MIDDLE OF NO WELL COULD SOME ONE PLEASE GIVE ME SO ADVICE PLEASE HELP ME OUT CAUSE I REALLY DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO UNLESS I TALK TO MY DOCTOR ITS LINKING RIGHT NOW OUT THE MIDDLE OF NO WHERE...
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    Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
    Dear CIERA (love your name!): Sometimes women will notice discharge from one or both nipples. This prompts concern, especially if she has not recently breast fed. In your case, this discharge is NOT linked to not having breastfed your son.

    Generally we tell women that bilateral, white or clear discharge , which is only present with nipple stimulation (eg sex foreplay), is likely to be "normal." Being on birth control pills can sometimes enhance normal breast discharge. Certain psychiatric medications—especially the antipsychotics —can initiate nipple discharge. Spontaneous secretions can be prompted by a pituitary problem, or hypothyroidism. Both low thyroid and elevated prolactin (from the pituitary gland) can be checked for using simple blood tests

    The most concerning nipple discharges are those which are red/bloody, unilateral, and coming from just one or two ducts. If you were my patient I would check a sample of the discharges for invisible blood (using the fecal blood card). I would do a careful breast exam. If needed the two tests for thyroid and pituitary can be ordered. So get it checked out even though it is likely that you will be told it is OK.

    Yours,
    Jane


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