Are my breasts supposed to still leak even though it’s been almost two years since I delivered? Also, how do you know when you’re pregnant without going to the doctor?
It’s perfectly normal to leak fluid from the breasts for up to a year after delivery, or upon completing nursing. If you’re still leaking or you start to leak after this time, speak with your practitioner. The most common reason this happens is a medical condition called hypothyroidism, which can occur in up to 10 percent of women after delivery. The doctor can order simple blood tests to help make the diagnosis.
As for your second question, home diagnosis of pregnancy can be made with an over-the-counter urine test, which is inexpensive and quite accurate. If you don’t take an at-home test, check for the familiar signs of pregnancy – that is, your period is late, your breasts are sore and you experience bloating, pelvic cramping and increased fatigue.
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.