Breastfeeding Issues: What Do I Do about Leaking Breasts?

May 21, 2013

Any breastfeeding mom has been there. You’re out and about and you feel a letdown coming on. Soon, your shirt is wet and you feel like there’s not much you can do. Don’t worry. Leaking breasts are common while breastfeeding. But, we’ve got tips to help you stay dry and comfortable, while also keeping a positive attitude when leaks happen.

Breastfeed Often

Although inconvenient, leaking breasts are a sign you are lactating properly. So, try to breastfeed or pump as often as possible. By frequently expressing milk, you may be able to limit how often or how much your breasts leak.

Change Bra Pads Regularly

Bra pads are a great option for breastfeeding moms because they help you stay dry and comfortable, while also preventing embarrassing marks on your clothes. However, be sure to change your bra pads regularly when they get damp to avoid nipple soreness or a potential thrush infection.

Apply Pressure when Needed

If you feel a letdown coming on at an inopportune time, you can try to discreetly apply pressure to your nipples. You can rest your hands on your face and use your forearms to apply pressure or wrap your arms around your body, like you’re giving yourself a big hug. We understand this isn’t the most natural position, but it can be a quick fix until you’re able to put in bra pads or return to a private setting.

Wear Patterned and Layered Clothes

Leaks happen and there will likely come a time when you have some wet spots on your shirt. But, if you wear patterns, it can make wet marks far less noticeable. Also, we recommend layering, so if a leak happens, you can cover it with a sweater or jacket.

Keep a Good Sense of Humor

Leaks can be embarrassing, but try to keep your head up. So many moms have been in your shoes and can probably laugh and identify with you. Try to allow yourself to smile about this silly stage in your journey of motherhood.

How did you manage leaks while breastfeeding? Share your suggestions in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “Breastfeeding Issues: What Do I Do about Leaking Breasts?

  1. Once I forgot to put breast pads in my bra and had a leaking incident at a work lunch. I pretended I was cold and wore my coat for the rest of the meal. After that happened I started keeping a thin black cardigan in my purse in case it happened again!

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