Breastfeeding Health Pregnancy

M- Montgomery Tubercles

For the letter M, I have written this short, and hopefully slightly informative blog about Montgomery’s Tubercles.

When you are pregnant, the your nipples change… a lot! you may notice that the nipples darken, get bigger and sprout weird little bumps over the areola. These ‘spots’ are called Montgomery Tubercles. To keep your nipples supple and moisturised these little bumps secreate an oily fluid (lipoid fluid).

They get their name from the 19th century Irish obstetrician William Featherstone Montgomery. During pregnancy the Montgomery glands enlarge and remain enlarged during breastfeeding. You can have as few as for or as many as 28 per areola. Montgomery originally described these glands as “a constellation of miniature nipples scattered over a milky way.”

It has been known that some women know they are pregnant, because of these little bumps, way before they have even taken a test or have any other pregnancy symptoms.

Don’t worry about this little pimples and do not try to pop them!!! They are harmless and just helping you body with motherhood. They will gradually go down after pregnancy (if you are not breastfeeding) or when you stop breastfeeding.


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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  1. clarice Boldon says:

    The liquid smells exactly like amniotic fluid too, so that the baby while placed at the chest and breastfed can smell his womb home….another amazing factor of skin to skin. They also use thier hands to trail from the breast to initiate breastcrawl 😀

  2. Wow Clarice, that’s pretty incredible, I certainly didn’t know that!

  3. Clarice Boldon says:

    Amazing isn’t it 🙂 Also if a mum has a poorly baby, if baby is placed skin to skin on mums chest, her temperature can rise or fall to warm or cool child as needed! 😀

  4. But what if a person has this and has never been pregnant, nor ever even been with a man?

    1. I am 28 years old and never pregnant, I do have this poping pimples and if i press them something white thick thing comes out. What is it??? I am worried

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