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    Hi everyone! My name is Jessica. I am in my 32nd week of pregnancy with my first child, a boy, due 7/13/07.

    I began leaking colostrum on 4/1. The first week or so was fine. After that, I began noticing blood in my nursing pads only on my left side. When I expressed the colostrum after my shower the next day, a small amount of blood mixed with colostrum (kind of a rust stained color) came out of one duct, but all the rest were clear or milky.

    I told my doctor at my last visit (nearly 2 weeks ago). He did a culture, and it came back fine. He called today to see if it is still happening and it is, but now there is more blood than colostrum (darker color) than was before in that one duct. He said a colleague of his recommended I have a galactogram. It is like a ductography where they inject contrast fluid into the bad duct and then do a mammogram.

    He is calling me back when he has more information (later today), but in the meantime I am freaking out! Injecting something into my breast doesn't sound comfortable (not that I care), but it also doesn't sound safe for a lactating mother-to-be. What is this going to do to my colostrum? Could it hurt my baby? Not to mention - who the heck has a mammogram while they're pregnant?? Am I overreacting? Has anyone else had this experience?

    I am desperate to find someone who has "been there". Looking for answers and comfort...thanks ladies

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    Default Re: Blood in Colostrum

    I wish I had some answers for you. Hope the doc gets in touch soon.
    I will be thinking of you

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    Default Re: Blood in Colostrum

    As much as we'd like to trust our docs, sometimes they don't make the right call. I'm not saying yours isn't, but maybe you could get a 2nd opinion??

    Sorry I don't have any experience with this to offer more valuable info...
    Mother - Wife - Artist - Cook - Writer - EnvironMENTAList - Cloth Diaperer (but we are soooo done with diapers) - Organic Health Nut...I'm sure there's more.

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    Default Re: Blood in Colostrum

    Hi! What you describe sounds a bit like Rusty Pipe Syndrome. It's something that happens, usually to first-time moms, as early as the 4th month of pregnancy, in which the breast changes associated with breastfeeding produce some internal bleeding. If that is what you are experiencing, it is not dangerous, and should not interfere with breastfeeding.

    Check out http://parenting.ivillage.com/baby/b...,,3x3g,00.html

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    Default Re: Blood in Colostrum

    can you ask to see a specialist?
    I don't think I would trust my ob with anything to do with the breast.

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    Default Re: Blood in Colostrum

    Thank you everyone for your replies. I am still waiting for my doc to call back. All the info was very helpful though!

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    Are you sure that you're seeing blood? It's normal for colostrum to be a very bright yellow or even orange. I don't mean to tell you that you don't know what you're looking at --it's just hard if WE can't actually see it with our own eyes, you know? Have you been doing anything to "exercise" or "toughen up" your nipples?

    According to Breastfeeding: A guide for the medical professional (Lawrence & Lawrence, 6th ed., pages 604-7), this can occur, usually during a first pregnancy and it resolves itself within 3 to 7 days after the onset of lactation. As a PP mentioned, there's also "rusty pipe" syndrome in which there is blood in the milk. As long as baby is tolerating the milk well, breastfeeding can continue. It can go unnoticed if mom isn't pumping or if baby doesn't spit up a lot. They say: "Bloody discharge in pregnancy and lactation is most often caused by vascular engorgement or breast trauma. The next most common causes in pregnancy and lactation are intraductal papilloma (50%) and fibrocystic breast disease (31%). Because the type of discharge does not identify the malignant or non malignant nature of the problem, all patients with unusual discharge should be seen by an appropriate surgeon for diagnosis" The book goes on to talk about galactography. They only describe the procedure, but they don't indicate that it's harmful to the breast.

    HTH!
    Jen
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