Bumpy nipple smells guide babies to milk

Linda Geddes

YOU may not wonder why women have bumps around their nipples but it has bemused many. Now the mystery has been solved. Smelly secretions released from the nipples of women who have just given birth may help babies find and extract their mother’s milk.

During pregnancy, women often notice an increase in the number of bumps, or areolar glands, on the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple – some notice small amounts of secretions from them. It had been assumed that this fluid was to help lubricate the skin, but now it seems it may also contain odoursome molecules that help an infant to find its way to the breast.

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Followed her nose <i>(Image: Image Source/Getty)</i>

Followed her nose (Image: Image Source/Getty)

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