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What is the medical term for white milky discharges of the nipples on an infant?

What is the medical term for white milky discharges of the nipples on an infant?

Medical? It's milk!: The common lay term is witches milk. Newborns may show the effect of pregnancy hormones by having breast enlargement & some may leak milk. It is important not to mess with the area & have it evaluated if it appears irritated or inflamed. Germs can get into the babies nipple and cause a destructive abscess leading to problems later on. ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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My infant has a milky discharge coming from her nipples. Is this common, or should I be concerned?

My infant has a milky discharge coming from her nipples. Is this common, or should I be concerned?

Common: This is a common finding in young breastfed infants, both male and female. It is not a cause for concern unless the nipple appears red or tender, or if the baby is irritable or appears ill. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for white milky discharges on an infant's nipple?

What is the medical term for white milky discharges on an infant's nipple?

Medical? It's milk!: The common lay term is witches milk. Newborns may show the effect of pregnancy hormones by having breast enlargement & some may leak milk. It is important not to mess with the area & have it evaluated if it appears irritated or inflamed. Germs can get into the babies nipple and cause a destructive abscess leading to problems later on. ...Read more

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Had baby 12 weeks ago, bottle-fed him from birth. But there is milky white discharge from nipple when I squeeze, is this normal?

Had baby 12 weeks ago, bottle-fed him from birth. But there is milky white discharge from nipple when I squeeze, is this normal?

It may be: It may be normal milk still present in the ducts that has not yet been resorbed. If you are having pain or it looks like pus see your MD now. ...Read more

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Clear to milky Discharge from nipple when squeezed. Doesn't always happen. Have mirena (levonorgestrel). Baby 6mth ago. Period due in 10days. No lumps. Is it bad?

Clear to milky Discharge from nipple when squeezed. Doesn't always happen. Have mirena (levonorgestrel). Baby 6mth ago. Period due in 10days. No lumps. Is it bad?

Probably "not bad": You probably have no cause for alarm if the discharge remains clear to milky, is still periodic or occasional and there is "no lump". Consider reducing the frequency of "nipple stimulations" and requesting a clinical breast exam plus a blood prolactin test if you remain concerned in another 6 to 9 months. ...Read more

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I have a four mth baby breastfeed for three days didn't work so stopped. Last period was 12/04. Had sex dec. 15. Today 12/25 I noticed clear and milky discharge from both breast. More when I squeeze nipples. Am I pregnant? I've also been eating cheetos and

I have a four mth baby breastfeed for three days didn't work so stopped. Last period was 12/04. Had sex dec. 15. Today 12/25 I noticed clear and milky discharge from both breast. More when I squeeze nipples. Am I pregnant? I've also been eating cheetos and

Lactating: It is not surprising for you to continue to make a small amount of milk even though you are not actively nursing the baby. I don't see a connection to this and your comments on sexual habits, nor is this in particular a symptom of pregnancy. You of course might become pregnant with sexual activity at any time. Testing with hpt would be wise. Enjoy your baby! Seek birth control 2 avoid pregnancy ...Read more

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I have been noticing a milky discharge coming from my nipples. Is this serious?

I have been noticing a milky discharge coming from my nipples. Is this serious?

Get medical eval: Possible causes for galactorrhea include but are not limited to use of birth control pills, tricyclic antidepressants, antipsychotic meds, some sedatives, fennel, anise, fenugreek, some hypertension meds, cocaine, opioids, hypothyroidism, prolactinoma, renal dz, testosterone deficiency in men ; significant breast stimulation. ...Read more

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What makes milky discharge from nipples?

What makes milky discharge from nipples?

Milk: Your breasts naturally produce milk. This is normal. Hormonal changes can sometimes make you produce more or less fluid from your nipples. ...Read more

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Milky discharge from nipples. Is that from my bf sucking?

Milky discharge from nipples. Is that from my bf sucking?

Breast discharge: Frequent squeezing of the breasts can stimulate milk secretion. Other causes are variety of drugs and xs prolactin secretion from the pituitary gland. Advise checking prolactin level. Non-milk secretion is normal ductal fluid. ...Read more

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I've had tiny discharge from nipples since I was 12, on rare occasions and only if I squeeze. Milky in color, is this abnormal? I've never told anyone.

Yes: Without being pregnant or just having been pregnant and breast feeding, a d/c from the nipple is not normal. Get an eval to be safe. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Why do I have a nipple that goes in and have a milky discharge?

Why do I have a nipple that goes in and have a milky discharge?

Is this new for you?: There are so many variations in how nipples look. Be aware that a NEW inversion in a nipple that has always protruded can be a problem - even a warning sign of breast cancer. Milky nipple discharge does happen, and is usually not a sign of a serious problem. The catch here is the word "usually." ANY new changes should be checked by your doctor; always check if in doubt. LGromkoMD ...Read more

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I'm 16 and when I squeeze my right nipple a clear/milky discharge comes out. What could this be?

? milk?: You say you are 16 but your id on healthtap says you are 37 and a woman. Assuming you are a 16 year old woman and have not recently been pregnant, having a milky discharge from your nipple might signal that you have a pituitary tumor, leading to a high blood level of the hormone prolactin. See your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Milky discharge from nipple. Is that a tumor?

Nipple milk discharg: True galactorrhea, milk secretion from the breast, can be caused by excessive prolactin production from the pituitary - usually a small tumor or microadenoma. If the prolactin is high an MRI of the pituitary will be needed. Several drugs can increase prolactin levels, particularly tranquillizers. Also need to rule out under active thyroid with TSH measurement as this can increase prolactin levels. ...Read more

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Milky white discharge coming from nipple. What could it be?

Milky white discharge coming from nipple. What could it be?

Milk: Very likely it is milk. Unless you are pregnant, this could be a symptom of other causes. You should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am having a milky discharge from my nipple and my tubes are tied and I am on my period?

Don't know.: You should not be having nipple discharge. Your tubes being tied has nothing to do with it. Neither does your period. You need to see your doctor. There are possibilities for a growth in your breast. There are other reasons so see you doctor. ...Read more

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Why do I have milky discharge from both nipples for 8 yrs when manipulated? Very low sex drive as well.

Why do I have milky discharge from both nipples for 8 yrs when manipulated? Very low sex drive as well.

Prolactin?: You might want to see your doctor about this nipple discharge, and have your serum prolactin level tested. There are some benign growths that can happen in your pituitary gland that cause increased prolactin and milk secretion. Can affect libido also. Please ask your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get a milky discharge from your nipples? I got it a lot of times, but it had stop when I started to take a contraceptive pills.

Is it normal to get a milky discharge from your nipples? I got it a lot of times, but it had stop when I started to take a contraceptive pills.

Need evaluation.: Most likely breast milk. Many women will have spontaneous breast milk production. Should consult your doctor about the cause. Consider thyroid and prolactin levels. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My nipples are sensitive and I have a milky discharge can I be pregnant? Also I pee more often now

Galactorrhea: Yes, it is possible that this is an early symptom of pregnancy. A simple pregnancy test will confirm. If negative you should see your physician to evaluate other causes of sensitive nipples and a nipple discharge called galactorrhea. This can be a symptom of a pituitary tumor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get pregnant After a tubal ligation 20 yrs ago im hving white milky discharge, sensitive hard nipples?

Is it possible to get pregnant After a tubal ligation 20 yrs ago im hving white milky discharge, sensitive hard nipples?

Possible BUT: tubal ligation failure after 20 years would be unusual, and pregnancy at age 43 is really pretty rare. Milky discharge form both breasts? You need to see a doctor and probably have your prolactin (hormone) checked. Good wishes. ...Read more

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45 years old, husband had vasectomy 14 years ago. Period 2 months late, milky discharge from both nipples. Could I be pregnant?

45 years old, husband had vasectomy 14 years ago. Period 2 months late, milky discharge from both nipples. Could I be pregnant?

Possibly: Even though your husband had vasectomy, pregnancy is still possible. You should see your doctor and get tested. If pregnancy test neg, they will need to see if you have a hormonal problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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Sore nipples, milky white discharge, hpt negative?

Sore nipples, milky white discharge, hpt negative?

Candida?: If your period is late, pregnancy test negative and nipples are sore, you may need to recheck pregnancy test in a a week. Topical vit d to the sore nipples may relieve pain. Milky white discharge could be a yeast overgrowth but if no itching or other symptoms will not be harmful. Eat healthy food, get sleep, exercise, and de-stress. ...Read more

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I have inverted nipples that have are some white milky discharge present upon stimulation. No leaking or anything. I got an ultrasound and there's nothing wrong with them at all, but I want to get them pierced, how bad would that honestly be?

Why?: If you are concerned enough about your nipples to see a physician about a discharge and they were concerned enough to test, why would you want to confuse anything by putting a piece of metal in your nipples? You may not think now you ever want to nurse a baby, but that may change in the future. Piercing may or may not affect your ability to do so depending on the damage done. ...Read more

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I have clear and milky nipple discharge when squeezed both breast is this something I should be worried about?

I have clear and milky nipple discharge when squeezed both breast is this something I should be worried about?

Check prolactin.: You have galactorrhea. This may be a benign condition but you should see a doctor to check your prolactin level, especially if you have any headaches and /or blurred vision. You could have a prolactin secreting tumor in your pituitary gland in your brain. Please see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Last month spotting for 5-6 days, this month no period. Nipple pain, milky discharge, clear sticky discharge. What can I have?

Last month spotting for 5-6 days, this month no period. Nipple pain, milky discharge, clear sticky discharge. What can I have?

Possible pregnancy: Do a pregnancy test. If negative ok start.
if positive you have your answer,
if negative, your doc can order a prolactin test to check for a hormone which if elevated can do this and requires furthers tests. ...Read more

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How would I know if a brain lesion is the cause of a milky thick with blood tinge discharge coming from one nipple? Discharge remains everyday.

How would I know if a brain lesion is the cause of a milky thick with blood tinge discharge coming from one nipple? Discharge remains everyday.

Nipple discharge: The brain tumor that can cause nipple discharge is called a pituitary prolactinoma. It secretes prolactin, the hormone responsible for the discharge. Since the cause is hormonal, it tends to affect both breasts. Unilateral discharge suggests a local etiology. Prolactin levels can be measured with a blood test, if yours are normal, a functional prolactinoma is highly unlikely. If high, MRI next. ...Read more

Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more