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Blood in Breast Milk: What Does It Mean? – Consultation of the mammologist

Blood in breast milk, can naturally cause a lot of questions: "Where did this blood come from?", "Is such milk dangerous for a child?", "If it s not blood, then what?"

These questions were answered by Gunel Gambarova, the leading physician of the Educational- therapeutic clinic of Azerbaijan Medical University (AMU).

According to G. Gambarova, 15% of women note the presence of blood in their milk (or colostrum) in the first days after childbirth. Some breast-feeding mothers panic and think there s a serious medical problem after seeing blood in their milk supply. More often, blood is detected in the process of expressing, and in many cases the presence of blood in milk remains unnoticed. But finding blood in your breast milk doesn t always indicate a serious problem.

However, if you still found blood, it is necessary to understand the causes. The reasons for these are different - and therefore, the degree of danger, and the algorithm of actions - can also be different.

The first thing to think about is the cracks and deep abrasions of the nipples and / or areola. A. Gambarova pointed out the fact that this syndrome was more common in primiparous mothers in the early stages of lactogenesis (the earliest manifestation was observed at the 4th month of pregnancy):

“In such cases, you should continue feeding, or wait until the milk changes to normal: it is not dangerous and without any treatment it gradually changes to the usual after a few days or weeks (usually within 3-7 days after the start of lactation). If the bleeding continues for more than a week - it is worth to see a doctor.

If the color change occurs only in one breast - most likely the cause is the intraductal papilloma - small, benign tumors on the lining of your milk ducts. These growths can bleed and cause blood in your breast milk. If you touch your breasts, you may feel a small growth behind or next to your nipple”.

A cytological examination, mammography, ultrasound is usually performed in such cases.

The doctor will remove the formation inside the duct, if the results of the study will necessitate surgical intervention.

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