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What causes itchy and swollen nipple during pregnancy?

I am 35 weeks pregnant with my second child and have noticed that one of my nipples has become itchy and swollen, producing what can only be described as white puss upon squeezing. I have noticed that there are small areas of what looks like clusters of white-heads on the areolar as well, producing the same substance when pressed. I have been feeling quite queezy and faint at times with a possible fever but this comes and goes. The breast itself does occassionally ache but there is no obvious areas of reddening. Could it be plugged ducts? Although I have not yet had my baby, the symptoms seem similar and if so how should I treat it? I look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks                                                                  
Mon, 22 Feb 2016
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Hello. welcome to HCM. The substance you see coming from your nipple is called colostrum and is the milk that your baby will drink the first hours after birth. At 3-10 days this substance transition to mature milk. So don't squeeze it. It is not something bad. The bumps you see around your areola are called the Montgomery's Gland and their function is to lubricate your areola and also have anti-infection properties. So do't squeeze them too. After child birth just nurse your baby very often and you will be perfectly fine.Your body is preparing for your delivery.
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