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Witches milk

Updated on February 24, 2015

What is witch's milk?

Ok, so you was changing your little angel and you found little lump on the baby's body. Did you find small enlargement on your baby's breast? Worried! No need to worry. It's harmless and normal for newborn babies. It's called witch's milk.

Explanation in plain English:

You might notice that your newborn has a small lump in the right breast under the nipple. It is typically the size of a small marble or less. Doctors say it's not painful. This is a normal newborn breast enlargement. Parents are usually more startled by this when it occurs in a boy baby. If you try to press on the lump, the small amount of white, milky fluid might exude from the nipple. This is termed as a "witch's milk." It is a harmless discharge from the rudimentary milk glands present in both boy and girl babies at birth. It rapidly disappears and that is the end of it. The breast swelling, which is due to stimulation of the breast tissue by high levels of mothers; female hormones. These remain in the baby's system for a few weeks.

Taken from DrHull.com

Why it's called witches milk?

In folklore, witch's milk was believed to be a source of nourishment for witches' familiar spirits. It was thought to be stolen from unwatched, sleeping infants. In other cultures milking the infant's breasts is supposed to contribute to shapely breasts in adulthood.

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How to treat it?

It is highly advisable that parents not massage or unnecessarily manipulate this breast lump

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      Very interesting - I had not idea what this was about until I read it. Pinned to my "Baby" board.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      um...I'm 12 and I had this clear fluid come out of my nipple. but it can out of one of the cracks! I have had absolutely no sexual intercourse with anyone but I'm really scared!!!!

      if anyone reads this please help!!!!

      thanks!

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      dvpwli 5 years ago

      Wow, I love this lens, Thanks for sharing

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      Debbie 6 years ago from England

      I've three children and a grandchild and this is the first I heard of this!!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Helpful & informative lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      Wow didn't know such a thing occurred. But then I never had kids so that play a big part in why. Interesting lens. :)

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      Kimberly Napper 7 years ago from U.S.

      I'd never heard the term before, so learned something new. Very interesting what we humans come up with to explain things we don't understand. :)

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      Great topic - especially with Halloween coming right up. Good info.