Breastfeeding Gave Me a Third Boob 9


My face when I saw my 3rd boob...

My face when I saw my 3rd boob…

Reading that title your first thought might be, “Oh, it’s a parody piece aimed at those women who think breastfeeding ruins your boobs”—sadly, not so much. With my first three pregnancies I got lumps in my armpits, something I’d researched and talked with my doctor about and discovered to be excess breast tissue along the tail of spence (in the armpit.) It engorged each pregnancy and went away afterwards. It really wasn’t a big deal, minus I looked like I had some serious armpit fat, but who wants to wear sleeveless shirts anyhow?

Anyway, so, when my fat little friends returned with baby four, I wasn’t happy to see them, but I wasn’t surprised either. Breastfeeding was going great, things were peachy. One day shortly after my labor my husband thought I’d gone au natural on him. From a distance apparently it looked like I hadn’t shaved my pits. That was the first sign of my new third boob. On top of the lumps, I started to get darkening of the skin. Honestly, between 3 boys ages 6 and under and a newborn, I didn’t really have time to care about some darkening skin. I just sort of forgot about it.

Fast forward to a month postpartum. I’m trying to sneak in a shower without a kid picking the lock on the door to invade with some inane request that just “couldn’t wait,” I go to shave, and I notice what looks like a zit with a whitehead. “Ewwwww,” I think, “how weird, I didn’t even get body acne during puberty,” then I do what every normal human being does with a zit, I squeezed the shit out of it. A tiny white plug emerged and then—pause for effect—breastmilk! Naturally, my reaction was OMFG WTF is that?!?!? I’m growing a third fucking boob. Excuse my language there, but it was a third fucking boob. I was seriously freaked out. I’m having circus-lady flashes and shit. I, of course, immediately get my Google on after sending my husband at work and I’m-sure-amusing Facebook message that read, “I’m growing a third fucking boob!”

What’s Google got to say, well, more than my husband’s helpful reply of, “sweeeet, more boobs.” Mostly what I already knew and covered in my post on armpit lumps, it’s fairly normal to have extra breast tissue in the armpit that produces milk during pregnancy and breast feeding. Apparently, even third nipples are pretty common occurring in roughly 40% of the population. Most folks just don’t know about them—unless they have a baby and they darken, enlarge, or I don’t know start leaking milk. That last one is slightly less common occurring in only .04 to 6% of third nipple havers, the third boob havers. Interesting triva also found, in Salem, they thought having a third boob made one a witch, because what else could you do with a third tit but suckle satan? Third boobs are also more common in those of German descent (that’s where that .04 to 6% range comes from, it appears different regions have varying prevalence).

I, of course, followed my Google mania with a call to my midwife, who laughed, a lot (she’s been with me through four kids) and then confirmed everything Google said and assured me satan wouldn’t suckle from a heathen, but the boob like the lumps would go away after I quit breastfeeding. I had nothing to worry about unless it became painful (and so may be infected). So, there you have it, how breastfeeding gave me a third—and possibly fourth boob—the other side is also darker and showing a small lump I fear may become the assumed-zit take 2. This is really going to ruin tank top season…

Update: The other side has indeed developed a small bump that milk can be expressed from. (which I am of course not doing. The last thing I want is to increase the supply in these things– Alaska actually does not have a circus.)

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Sorry, it is hard to express milk from your own armpit while taking a picture, that looks pretty gross

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My incredible third boob, circus ready

 

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9 thoughts on “Breastfeeding Gave Me a Third Boob

  • Mandi

    I have the same problem. In both armpits, they express milk AND colostrom and become engorged just like my “normal” boobs. Because of this, my armpits seemed to have taken on the typical post breast feeding form….saggy and sad looking. Unfortunately in order for me to have them removed it’s “cosmetic” and expensive 🙁 I can squirt milk from across a room…from my armpits.

    • unwirklich admin

      My little one is almost weaned, and I’ve checked a few times, I still can get milk from them, but they are smaller now and don’t leak, so that’s a plus. I’m hoping some major arm workouts will get rid of the bumps there.

    • Salena

      Did u continue breast feeding even with the xtra boobs?? I stopped because it scared me that it happened under both instead of just 1!! N leaking milk…..there’s no way to stop them from filling up like the normal breast?! Sounds weird but geez!!! Sucks being a women, I stopped a month ago my doc says to keep trying even though I’m almost powdered milk…I still have a million questions lol

      • unwirklich admin

        I did yes, it didn’t really create a problem for me unless we had a sitter or something and then the engorgement is kind of painful. A pump helps there. I had just swelling there with baby 2 and 3, and they went away afterwards, but these leaking actual little “boobs” from baby 4 are still there even though she’s pretty much fully weaned. She’ll snag a bite when she’s super upset, but goes days without nursing (my milk supply never went away between baby 3 and 4 so I doubt it will anytime soon). I’ve been working out and one lump is nearly gone, the other a bit smaller, but tank tops are still a no go. they did stop leaking once she stopped nursing so much. I tested just now, I can still express milk (so not doing that more than a drop lol) I didn’t have darkening at all and no actual nipple really, just a small lump– like a bug bite or zit– and that’s still there too.

  • natalia

    I have a lump on my right armpit since baby number 1 almost 9 yrs ago. My youngest will be 4 in may and she stop nursing at age 3 and that damm lump won’t go away, its actually getting bigger and painful. And am neither preggo or nursing. 🙁

    • unwirklich admin

      If its only on one arm, you might want to get that checked. I don’t want to scare you, but it could also be cancerous. It’s possible you just don’t have excess tissue on both sides (My right side is less pronounced than my left), but better safe than sorry.