What Can Cause Nippple Discharge

Nipple discharge is a normal part of breast function during pregnancy or breast-feeding. It may also be associated with menstrual hormone changes and fibrocystic changes. The milky discharge after breast-feeding can be normal. But bloody nipple discharge is never normal. You must consult with the best surgeons to know the causes of nipple discharge.

Other signs of abnormality include nipple discharge from only one breast and discharge that occurs spontaneously without anything touching, stimulating, or irritating your breast. Color isn’t usually helpful in deciding if the discharge is normal or abnormal. Both abnormal and normal nipple discharge can be clear, yellow, white, or green in color.

Normal nipple discharge more commonly occurs in both nipples and is often released when the nipples are compressed or squeezed. Nipple discharge that contains pus may indicate an infection in your breast. This is also known as mastitis. Mastitis disease is usually seen in women who are breastfeeding. 

If you have an infection or abscess in your breast, you may also notice that your breast is sore, red, or warm to the touch.  Every woman above the age of 35 must submit herself to a breast examination by a doctor or a trained nurse practitioner once every three years.