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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A heated debate and a hot topic, the importance of breastfeeding. I am very open-minded about breastfeeding and a mother’s choice. Some moms think it is gross or just don’t want to breast feed their baby for what ever reason they have and some mom‘s don’t have a choice about breastfeeding their babies because their bodies wont produce milk. I have heard some people say that it is not possible but I have friends that tried everything even controversial prescription medications to get breast milk and nothing. Not to mention my struggle to supply my baby with breast milk. I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have bottles to feed my son the milk I had pumped for him. Pumping was one way I was able to keep my supply up. And since I had low supply I sure as heck was NOT going to dump it.
I understand a government wanting to promote breastfeeding. Like our hospitals in MA have lactation consultants(LC) to help new moms in the first moments and days of life by being available for hands on help. I don’t know what I would have done with out the support and help of my LCs when my supply dipped. Our hospitals have also gotten rid of the formula care packages they send home with new moms, or maybe they just don’t give them to Exclusively Breastfed Babies(EBB). Breast is best because the mother’s body has nourished the baby from the time it was first conceived, it is natural for it to keep nourishing the baby for as long as the baby needs. When I thought about breastfeeding there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to have an exclusively breastfed baby. I wanted to breast feed for many reasons. Obviously it is the most complete nutrition my baby could receive and it was FREE. But my mom breastfed me and I have always thought that breastfeeding is a natural part of being a mom. From the moment I first put Robert to my breast he suckled it like he was a pro. It was natural on both ends.
It is argued that the bond between a mother and a breastfed baby or a bottle fed baby is different. I don’t think that the physically being attached to the breast makes the bond stronger between mother and child but it does make the emotional aspect of providing life for your baby a deeper emotional feeling for the mother. I loved everything about breastfeeding, the cuddling him close, watching his little face relax as he started to enter the milk induced sleep, the peacefulness of our mommy-baby time and the feelings that go with breastfeeding that words can’t describe. My friends who either chose to or had to bottle feed their babies are just as close with their babies as I am with Robert. The cuddled their little ones close, watched their faces change as they got full and got to have the same mommy-baby bonding time.
So to the point of the banning the use of baby bottles… That is just ridiculous. All that will do is promote black market baby bottle dealing not breastfeeding. Plus, some moms have over-supply and have to pump to help their body regulate milk production (how I wished I was a mom with over-supply). If those mom’s don’t have bottles to put their milk where will it go? Are they supposed to throw it away? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? If I ever for any reason had to discard any breast milk I felt like I was throwing away liquid gold. Banning baby bottles will not solve their wish to promote breastfeeding. I think the Venezuelan congress is taking this WAY TOO FAR!!
NEW NFL SAFETY RULE …
I can understand no purses, no back packs and no cushion seats but come on… NO DIAPERBAGS??? Do any of these idiots making the rules have/had babies? OMG I can’t imagine trying to stuff a 12″x6″x12″ plastic bag full of diapers, wipes, dirty diaper bag(for the cloth diaper users), diaper cream, baby powder, a change of baby cloths(face it blowout’s happen), blanket(can’t change that baby on a dirty public changing table), lovey(or fave toy), nursing cover(I would nurse cover free in my seat to make a point), toddler shoes(some babies pull them off and they have to go somewhere), formula(for the formula babies), jarred/pouch baby food, bottles, pacifiers, teethers, and mini-first aid kit(I never go anywhere without one).
I really think they are taking this whole “safety” thing to a whole new level of ridiculous.
I love these iPlay white reusable swim diapers. We have swim class 3 days a week and the thought of shelling out money every couple of weeks on disposable diapers seemed silly to me. We have used our swim diaper 2-3 times a week for the last 12 weeks. I like how it has snaps on one side of the diaper and the other side is solid. That makes it so much easier to get on my little wiggle worm. The snaps are plastic but so far they are still just as good as the day we got them. I hand wash it 2 times a week and let it hang to dry. I machine wash on cold and air* dry. *It is recommended by iPlay they not be put into the drier as the outer lining may melt.
I would love to give this diaper 5 stars but we have not experiences a poop in it yet so I am not exactly sure how it will hold up to that test. It is a nice snug fit so I don’t think there would be any leaking but I won’t know until it happens. When it does I will update the review. I recommend this diaper to all the mom’s in our play groups. We got ours at Babies R Us for $9.99 and it has been worth every penny.
Product Details (from the iPlay website): UPF 50+! Snaps down side for quick changing. Waterproof outer layer, super absorbent inner layer and wick-away lining next to baby’s skin. Snug-fitting around legs and waist. Woven nylon, coated poly, cotton terry and poly wick-away lining. No other diaper necessary!
Squishy Snak Pak
I love these pouches. I got them on a recommendation of a friend since our little guy loves the Earths Best pre-made pouches. I now can purée what ever we eat and our little guy can enjoy a snack on the go without having to stop and feed him other than regular meals. Is a cost effective way to give the little guy a snack. The open from the bottom and hold about 3.3 ozs without having a hard time closing. But I haven’t mastered the “do it yourself” pouch yet. They are fairly easy to clean as well. Overall, I am very satisfied with the pouches.