Some women experience leaking breasts while breastfeeding. Leaking occurs due to oversupply, overdue and/or postponed feeding, baby nursing on one breast (the opposite will leak), your baby crying or, often times, thinking of your baby while separated can trigger a let down and cause your breasts to leak.
Some women’s breasts will leak during pregnancy. However, this is not a predictor of how your supply will be after your baby is born. In other words, the absence of leaking during pregnancy doesn’t mean you won’t be able to make enough milk for your baby.
To stop the leaking:
Fold your arms against your breast and gently press in for a few minutes. The pressure will help to stop the milk flow/leaking.
If you’re breastfeeding and the opposite breast begins to leak, hold your fingertip against the leaky nipple for a minute or two and the leaking will stop.
If you only leak while you breastfeed, a washcloth can help you catch the spill before you’re able to stop the flow.
At about six weeks of breastfeeding, your milk supply has balanced out, your breasts feel soft and you may not be leaking as much. As long as your baby is gaining weight and thriving, there is nothing to worry about regarding your milk supply.
Wear clothes than can camouflage a milk stain, such as those with prints, or bring a jacket.
Many women carry an extra pair of breast pads with them in their diaper bags or purses in case they experience leaking while out and about.
Breast pads can be disposable or washable. Disposable breast pads with plastic liners can cause soreness because they prevent air from flowing to your nipples and increase your chances of developing a yeast infection as they keep your nipples warm and moist, so use them sparingly.
There are several breast pad designs on the market. Nowadays, you don’t have to get the “big circle” that can be seen through certain pieces/fabrics of clothing. Some are even made out of organic cotton. If you feel crafty, you can make your own breast pads by sewing and using materials such as soft cotton, cloth diapers or handkerchiefs. If you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can even create your own design. 🙂