Breast discharge or nipple discharge can be alarming to women who are not breastfeeding. It refers to secretion of any fluid from the nipple in a non-lactating woman. This condition in most of the cases is a result of a minor condition and nothing to panic.
In pregnant women, clear or watery nipple discharge is normal. Even after the woman has stopped breast feeding, a milk-like discharge may be present while it is also normal. The nipples may discharge fluid due to stimulation. You can also find more reasons just by entering “What is Breast Discharge” over the Internet.
While all these are normal conditions, there can be reasons for abnormal discharge in some cases and the causes of breast discharge may be various. One or both breasts may secrete a discharge when squeezed or spontaneously. The discharge may be yellow, green, brown, milky or bloody and the consistency of the nipple discharge can vary from thin, watery to sticky.
Along with the discharge, some changes in the breasts might take place such as tenderness, inverted nipples, redness, dimples or rash around the nipple or lumps. The treatment can vary according to the underlying cause of the breast discharge. It is advisable to visit the doctor and get a checkup done.