The fluid that leaks from one or both nipples is called a nipple discharge. Each breast has several (15 to 20) milk ducts. A discharge can come from one or more of these ducts. Nipple discharge can occur normally during the last weeks of pregnancy and after childbirth when breast milk is produced.
A nipple discharge can also be normal in women who are not pregnant or breastfeeding, especially during the reproductive years. But if you are facing breast discharge and pain in your breast then it is time to visit a breast specialist. You can browse www.drsandrakrishnan.com.au/nipple-discharge to find top breast surgeons.
A normal nipple discharge is usually a thin, cloudy, whitish, or almost clear fluid that is not sticky. However, the discharge may be other colors, such as gray, green, yellow, or brown. During pregnancy or breastfeeding, a normal discharge is sometimes slightly bloody.
Abnormal discharges vary in appearance depending on the cause. An abnormal discharge may be accompanied by other abnormalities, such as swelling, redness, and an inverted nipple. If a discharge from only one breast occurs on its own, it is considered abnormal.
If a noncancerous tumor or disorder is causing a discharge from one breast, the duct that the discharge is coming from may be removed.