By Elizabeth Millard, Feb 2, 2023

The antibacterial properties also aid in keeping the breast milk sterile while it’s being ingested by the baby, adds Kecia Gaither, M.D., director of perinatal services and maternal fetal medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx in New York City. She says that during breastfeeding, glands may also appear larger because the nipples are being stimulated—similar to the way a gentle touch on the arm might prompt goosebumps.

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