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'Witch's Milk': Galactorrhea in the Newborn

'Witch's Milk': Galactorrhea in the Newborn Abstract • For a five-month period, infants examined on admission and discharge from the newborn nursery and at twoweek and two-month well-baby visits were examined for breast nodule size and the presence of galactorrhea. Nine hundred eighty-four examinations were performed on 640 children. Forty-five examinations (4.6%) on 38 infants revealed galactorrhea. "Witch's milk" was noted at all ages studied, including 1.8% of examinations at 2 months of age. All the infants with galactorrhea were born at term, with neither sex predominating. Children with galactorrhea had breast nodules significantly larger than those of children without galactorrhea. None of these infants was hypothyroid. This study concludes that witch's milk is a common occurrence, associated with larger than average breast nodules, and may persist until 2 months of age in normal newborns. (AJDC 1986;140:252-253) References 1. Forbes TR: Witch's milk and witches' marks . Yale J Biol Med 1950;22:219-225. 2. McKiernan JF, Hull D: Breast development in the newborn . Arch Dis Child 1981;56:525-529.Crossref 3. Bluestein DD, Wall GH: Persistent neonatal breast hypertrophy . AJDC 1963;105:292-294. 4. Macaron C: Galactorrhea and neonatal hypothyroidism . J Pediatr 1982;101:576-577.Crossref 5. Farr V, Mitchell RG, Neligan GA, et al: The definition of some external characteristics used in the assessment of gestational age in the newborn infant . Dev Med Child Neurol 1966;8:507-511.Crossref 6. Dossett JA: The nature of breast secretion in infancy . J Pathol Bacteriol 1960;80:93-99.Crossref 7. Van der Steen M, Du Caju MVL, Van Acker KJ: Gynaecomastia in a male infant given domperidone . Lancet 1982;2:884-885.Crossref 8. Bates B: A Guide to Physical Examination . New York, Harper & Row Publishers Inc, 1983, p 487. 9. Guyda HJ, Friesen HG: Serum prolactin levels in humans from birth to adult life . Pediatr Res 1973;7:534-540.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

'Witch's Milk': Galactorrhea in the Newborn

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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1986 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0002-922X
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140170078035
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Abstract

Abstract • For a five-month period, infants examined on admission and discharge from the newborn nursery and at twoweek and two-month well-baby visits were examined for breast nodule size and the presence of galactorrhea. Nine hundred eighty-four examinations were performed on 640 children. Forty-five examinations (4.6%) on 38 infants revealed galactorrhea. "Witch's milk" was noted at all ages studied, including 1.8% of examinations at 2 months of age. All the infants with galactorrhea were born at term, with neither sex predominating. Children with galactorrhea had breast nodules significantly larger than those of children without galactorrhea. None of these infants was hypothyroid. This study concludes that witch's milk is a common occurrence, associated with larger than average breast nodules, and may persist until 2 months of age in normal newborns. (AJDC 1986;140:252-253) References 1. Forbes TR: Witch's milk and witches' marks . Yale J Biol Med 1950;22:219-225. 2. McKiernan JF, Hull D: Breast development in the newborn . Arch Dis Child 1981;56:525-529.Crossref 3. Bluestein DD, Wall GH: Persistent neonatal breast hypertrophy . AJDC 1963;105:292-294. 4. Macaron C: Galactorrhea and neonatal hypothyroidism . J Pediatr 1982;101:576-577.Crossref 5. Farr V, Mitchell RG, Neligan GA, et al: The definition of some external characteristics used in the assessment of gestational age in the newborn infant . Dev Med Child Neurol 1966;8:507-511.Crossref 6. Dossett JA: The nature of breast secretion in infancy . J Pathol Bacteriol 1960;80:93-99.Crossref 7. Van der Steen M, Du Caju MVL, Van Acker KJ: Gynaecomastia in a male infant given domperidone . Lancet 1982;2:884-885.Crossref 8. Bates B: A Guide to Physical Examination . New York, Harper & Row Publishers Inc, 1983, p 487. 9. Guyda HJ, Friesen HG: Serum prolactin levels in humans from birth to adult life . Pediatr Res 1973;7:534-540.Crossref

Journal

American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Mar 1, 1986

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