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I was totally unaware that a baby's breasts has milk until an acquaintance told me about the custom of squeezing milk from newborn baby's breasts to ensure proper size and shape of breasts when she grows up. On enquiring , my mother also told me that on my grand ma's advice she had done it for my elder sister but not for me as she was not very sure and also scared. Though I initially thought it was totally absurd, later on I was thinking that my elder sister and my mother both have "normal" size breasts while I  am on the heavier side. Is it because as a newborn my breasts were not squeezed?? Is there any science behind this custom? Can there be any side effect of doing this?

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Dear Manisha,

Absolutely not. This is the answer to the question on science behind squeezing. Babies' breasts have milk in them as they contain maternal hormones in their blood-stream for about a fortnight after they are born. These hormones cause the breasts to enlarge and secrete a milky fluid. Some babies also bleed and have a whitish discharge from their vagina because of this.

Nothing should be done for this. Absolutely do NOT squeeze the baby's breasts.

I hope this is clear enough for you.

As to the reply to whether your breasts are large because no one squeezed them at birth ... that is without any scientific reasoning.

Are there side-effects of squeezing? Yes. It can promote bleeding or infection. Hence, please don't do it.

Dr. Taher

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Dr. Taher Kagalwala

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I come from India, and have been practising since 29 years. I am specially interested in infections, asthma, newborn care and parenting. I have authored a book on Parenting.It is called "Child Care: From Birth to Eighteen". The e-book is now available on http://pothi.com/pothi/book/ebook-dr-taher-y-kagalwala-child-care-birth-eighteen.
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Qualified Pediatrician practising since 29 years.
Currently working in the United Kingdom. You may reach me on my cell number +447440622670 or email me on drtaher@gmail.com only if I have not responded to your query here in a reasonable time. If you directly call me or email me, I might not be able to respond. Thank you for understanding. Please do not Whatsapp me.

Organizations
Indian Academy of Pediatrics, life member. Mumbai Branch of the I.A.P., life member. Genetics Chapter of the I.A.P.

Publications
Indian Pediatrics, Indian Journal of Pediatrics, Toxicology Abstracts.

Education/Credentials
M.D., M.R.C.P.C.H. (U.K.), Ph. D. (U.S.A.) D.C.H.

Awards and Honors
Gold Medallist in D.C.H., April, 1985
Highest aggregate marks in University of Mumbai, for M.D. ( Pediatrics ), October 1986.
Passed out with distinction from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, U.K. in 2015.

Past/Present Clients
1. Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (K.E.M. Hospital) 2. Private consulting practice. Worked as the Asst. Paediatrician and DNB Teacher at Masina Hospital. Also visiting Saifee Hospital, Mumbai. 3. Ministry of Health in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a Specialist Paediatrician. 4. Now with the NHS, UK as a Specialist Paediatric Registrar at Blackpool, Lancashire, UK.

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