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NOTE: Opinions and advice provided on this website are based on the personal experience of the author, Stacy Quarty. Ms. Quarty in no way claims to be a professional source of medical, psychological or statistical information.

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Breast Changes

Q. Is it normal to get little bumps all around the areolas at only 2-3 weeks of pregnancy?
-Mechelle, Arizona

A. Yes, these little bumps around the areolas are quite normal. They usually make their first appearance early in the first trimester, so you are right on schedule. The bumps are actually sebaceous (sweat) glands and will become more prominent as the pregnancy progresses. But, just wait... this is only the beginning. There are many other breast changes ahead, such as cracking nipples, veiny boobs, nipple cheese and darkening areolas! See the other breast changes questions for more details.

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Q. I am a 20-year-old mother to a 20-month-old. I breastfed for 10 months. Before breast feeding I wore a 36B cup bra, now I wear a 32A cup. Is this normal? Is there anything I can do to reverse this embarrassing change?
-Anonymous, Mississippi

A. I, too, went through this very common (and normal) wilting breast dilemma. Before my first pregnancy I had perfectly perky 34C boobs. After, they were sagging sacks of 34As. I did breastfeed for six months, but I don't think that has anything to do with the sorry state of my boobs. In my opinion, it's all heredity. Breasts get stretched out during pregnancy, and get no bigger from breastfeeding. If your mother has small, sagging boobs, then you probably will have them after pregnancy, too.

Aside from breast implants or getting pregnant again, the only thing you can do to improve your bust line is to buy yourself an extra-padded push up bra. I, personally, found the Victoria's Secret Very Sexy or Miracle Bra collection to be the most realistic boob substitute.

Q. I am in my seventh month of pregnancy and I notice that I am leaking colostrum from only one breast. Is this a concern? Will I be able to breastfeed from only one breast?
-Anonymous, Massachusetts

A. I wouldn't worry. The breasts and milk glands develop, enlarge and begin to produce colostrum, but not always at an equal rate. I, too, had my left breast producing liquid many weeks before the right one caught up. By the time your baby arrives, I’m sure both of your boobs will be ready, willing and able.

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Q. I quit breast feeding over six months ago. When I was breast feeding, I developed a white cyst/bump on my nipple. It is very visible. It does not express. I am wondering if this is normal and whether it will go away over time. I realize my milk may still be there. I do have a bit of yellow crust on my nipples. The white cyst seems to be a swollen duct. I am experiencing no pain or discomfort, even to the touch.
-Stacey, California

A. A blocked milk duct is normally painful and will go away shortly after breast feeding has ceased. Your cyst/bump could be an enlarged gland, a fibroid cyst or a cancerous lump. I recommend getting it checked out ASAP by your OB/GYN or general practitioner. If it does turn out to be malignant, the sooner you treat it, the better.

Q. I am 22 years old and have a three-year-old and a four-year-old. It seems my boobs just keep getting smaller. Why?
-Anonymous, Michigan

A. Most women's breasts do deflate a little bit more with each pregnancy. It's quite rare that a woman's breasts remain unchanged and even rarer still that they actually become bigger. Breasts may appear bigger, however, if the pregnancy weight is not lost. Your breasts may also get even smaller if you lose even more weight, which might be your case.

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Q. I am six weeks pregnant with my second child. I did not have this condition with my first. It seems that my left nipple has formed a blister of some sort. A small piece of the skin was removed while bathing, so it seems to be burning as raw skin would do. I am relatively worried, and my first doctor’s appointment is not for two weeks. Have you ever heard of this?
-Anonymous, Florida

A. I have heard of these types of nipple blisters, but I'm not sure exactly what causes them. It's possible that your milk or sebaceous glands excreted some liquid that got trapped under the surface of the skin, creating the blister. Regardless of the cause, don't worry. Unless the blister persists, it's most likely harmless.

Q. I have had two blood pregnancy tests and both were negative. The reason for the tests was that my breasts were leaking colostrum. I then started my cycle and the leaking stopped about five days later. Now it has started back and I am not pregnant. My doctor checked my thyroid and my prolactin and they were both at good levels. What is wrong with me?
-Anonymous, North Carolina

A. Many women have some kind of discharge when their breasts are squeezed. It is normal. The discharge can be clear, whitish, gray, green or brown in color. Women can be more prone to nipple discharge due to the use of birth control pills, blood pressure medications or some tranquilizers.

If nipple discharge happens without squeezing or pregnancy, or it keeps on happening, is sticky or bloody or only happens on one side, then you should have it checked out by a doctor. It could just be a hormonal imbalance or it could be a sign of a different problem.

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Q. Both my dog and my cat seem to want to sniff at my breasts. I can't smell anything unusual myself and my breasts aren't leaking. Do you think they can smell that I'm pregnant?
-Anonymous, North Carolina

A. Most animals, such as cats and dogs, have a much keener sense of smell than we humans do. During pregnancy, I counted this as a blessing as I found my sense of smell to be so magnified that a burning cigarette in a car a half mile down the road would make me ill. It's very possible that your pets are smelling changes in you, including your breasts beginning to make colostrum. Your cat and dog are probably just curious and I'm sure it's harmless sniffing. They just want to know if you're preparing to give birth or if you're stashing a quart of milk in your bra.

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