LOADS of new mums can struggle with breastfeeding.
But spare a thought for one 29-year-old who turned out to be lactating milk from her vagina.
Five days after the mum-of-two from Austria gave birth to her second child, she returned to hospital complaining of pain and inflammation downstairs.
She also reported a milky white fluid coming out of her vagina.
Docs initially thought she had an infection
She'd had two sets of stitches in her vulva (that's the fleshy outside bit of the vagina) due to tearing during birth.
Docs at Kepler University Hospital in Austria initially suspected that the stitches had become infected.
“At the time of transfer, that patient reported that, on postpartum day four, she developed discharge of a milky white fluid bilaterally on the vulva,” the report, appearing in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, explains.
She started to leak milk
The report goes onto say that she noticed a swelling on both sides of her vulva, and on the smaller inner folds as well as the two big lips – and stretching from clitoris to anus.
It was only when she told medics that she'd had similar symptoms after her first pregnancy, that doctors decided to investigate further.
What is ectopic breast tissue?
Ectopic breast tissue grows in other places in the body that aren't your breasts.
Although this particular case is super-rare, it's not uncommon to find bits of breast tissue developing in other areas.
Up to 5 per cent of women are born with ectopic breast tissue.
It usually occurs in the armpit area and while many won't have extra nipples, some can have nipples or areola (the pigmented area surrounding the nipple).
It's usually diagnosed during pregnancy when it's easier to detect.
In some cases, however, it's only picked up if the tissue becomes cancerous.
In 2012, The Lancet reported the case of a 14-year-old girl who had grown breasts under her armpits – which surgeons removed.
They conducted an ultrasound which confirmed that she had breast tissue down below – and that a duct was excreting milk.
Stitches had caused a back-up of milk
She didn't have a nipple but the duct still existed.
The stitches were causing a painful back-up of milk, known as galactosis.
Docs removed her stitches and gave the mum antibiotics to treat the swelling.
Over the following few weeks, the swelling went down and the amount of milk her vagina was producing started to slow down.
Eventually, she was able to breastfeed as normal.
The medics at Kepler University recommended their patient consider an eventual removal of the breast tissue.
“Owing to the potential for malignancy developing in ectopic breast tissue, it seems prudent to recommend excision of this tissue, even though there are no guidelines for management of extramammary breast tissue,” they said.
“Diagnosis is important to differentiate from other vulvar masses, such as vulvar carcinoma, and to guide correct management.”
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