This is a cross post of my Blog Entry on MoMWoW.org
I was asked this in an email and would like to respond here so more people can benefit from my answer.
“I am a first time mom and I am exclusively breastfeeding. I pump between feedings but my boobs are leaking milk. Do you have any suggestions how to stop it or what to do? Thanks, Leah”
Thank you for asking this question. I had a similar thing happen a couple of weeks after I had my son. I did a couple of things to help with the leaking but it eventually cleared up in time. I noticed my breasts would leak every time my son cried or if I was just a little over the time of a feeding. I took a cloth diaper insert and cut it to make pads for my nipples. This worked great. They were super absorbent and wicked away the milk so my nipples didn’t get chapped or overly wet. Not to mention it was much more cost-effective than using disposable nursing pads. When I was out in public and the little guy wasn’t hungry I would excuse myself, run to the bathroom, make toilet paper pads and cross my arms like I was giving myself a hug with the heel of my hands on my nipples. Like plugging a leak in a pool. This helped a little but I think it was more for my peace of minds than anything. I was lucky that this all occurred in the winter when I was able to throw on a sweater to hide my leaks.
If your issue with leaking is due to an over-supply then most likely it will continue until you are finished breastfeeding. I didn’t have over-supply so I can’t give you a first hand review or experience but I know some mom’s who did and they bought a neat nipple shell that collected the milk they leaked. They were able to put the collected milk in a bottle or bag and save it for a later feeding.
I hope this helps with your milk leakage and it stops for you soon.
Dawn Leoni – a former EBF Mommy
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