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#1 Guest_- Poppy -_*

Posted 09 December 2012 - 11:11 PM

I breastfed DS for 6 weeks and I remember waking up and my bed being soaked in breastmilk.

So from then on I had to wear a bra to bed and nursing pads to soak up the leaking milk.

Did that happen to you? Is that just a fact of life for breastfeeding mothers or were you eventually be able to sleep without a bra and not have milk leak everywhere?

Edited by - Poppy -, 09 December 2012 - 11:12 PM.


#2 HurryUpAlready

Posted 09 December 2012 - 11:19 PM

DD is 10 months old and didn't have a very big feed before bed last night, so by the middle if the night my left breast was FULL and leaking everywhere.

It still happens a fair bit overnight. I'll only leak during the day if I'm feeding her and have a let down... the side I'm not feeding on will start to leak.

I mostly still wear a (very loose) bra to bed. I'm so used to it now I don't even notice.

I rarely wear breast pads any more, haven't for months. I will usually only leak if she hasn't had a good feed before going to bed.

Edited by HurryUpAlready, 09 December 2012 - 11:21 PM.


#3 FurryTongue

Posted 09 December 2012 - 11:19 PM

I wore breast pads and bras every day and night breastfeeding both my kids. Both kids breastfed for 18 months each.
I made a ton of milk and co-slept with both my kids so it became a way of life.
I recently weaned DS2 and I LOVE not wearing a bra!!!!!!!!

#4 elle-M

Posted 10 December 2012 - 03:41 PM

I have a huge supply so DEFINITELY wear bras and nursing pads for the first few months, but both times for me it has settled down and I hardly ever get leaking anymore (DD is 10 months). I think it varies for everyone, but it's very common in the early stages.

#5 hollysmama

Posted 10 December 2012 - 03:47 PM

A few weeks after DS started sleeping through my boobs stopped leaking.  That was at about 3mths. Up until then yes I wore a bra with breastpads to bed.  Same with DD as well.  When DS feeds and I'm fairly full I will leak on the other boob when I get let down. But not nearly as much as I used to.

Tip:  If you push your nipple in while getting let down it stops it from leaking, that's if you're not in public - that would look a bit strange  wink.gif

Edited by hollysmama, 10 December 2012 - 03:50 PM.


#6 Toothfairy01

Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:52 AM

Sorry for the ignorance, I assumed my letdown would necessitate a bra and breast pads as long as I'm breastfeeding, are you saying that some women stop leaking altogether after a while? When did this happen for you?

My LO is almost 10weeks and I leak if she reaches the 4hour mark between feeds and with my letdown in the morning, I can collect 20-30mL, plus milk runs out if bub comes off (in fact, milk gets everywhere generally, at the moment).

#7 Libertine

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:03 AM

I have a big supply of milk and a strong let down. I stopped leaking at around 12 weeks which coincided with the let down 'pains' subsiding.

I will occasionally now still get 'that feeling' (at 4 months) and then spend the next ten minutes paranoid that I'm going to have big leaky patches on my t shirt lol but it is only a drop or two now.

#8 Lokum

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:03 AM

I only leak a bit. Settled down after about 5 weeks. Now, if i am we aring a bra, i dont leak with let down.  If i am wearing pyjamas and no bra,  i leak with let down.
Only if hes slept a really long time do i wake up in a puddle. If i wer a bra to bed i am guaranted to get blocked ducts and once got mastitis from this.
Drying myself after a shower i seem guaranteed to leak these days, something bout the stimulaton of the towel and being nice and warm and relaxed. If im not careful, i need another shower and to mop the floor!

#9 Lokum

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:05 AM

Edited, dp

Edited by Lokum, 25 January 2013 - 09:05 AM.


#10 Harlekijn engel

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:09 AM

I never leaked.   ph34r.gif

But, the pain of let down never stopped for me either.  

Really, everyone is different, and each person has to find out what her own body is going to do...

#11 maeby

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:11 AM

Mine stopped leaking a while after I stopped feeding my baby (which was at about 15 months).  Things look like going the same way with baby #2 (who is about 9 months now).  I don't wear a bra to bed, I just hold a cloth over my other boob whenever I feed at night (which I always do lying down at night, so it's fairly easy)


#12 tazcan

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:15 AM

I hardly leaked at all - only for a few days when my milk came in and mainly in the shower. I didn't bother to wear breastpads at all and I breastfed both babies until about 8 months. My mother breastfed 4 babies and also didn't leak so I think it must be genetic because my friend breastfed until her child was 2 and still leaked milk then. I didn't have any problem with my milk supply but I did get very painful let down feelings plus after the first few weeks  I could never pump any milk out at all with a breast pump - it seems it was quite hard for my breasts to "release" milk and only a baby suckling could get the milk to flow.

QUOTE
I never leaked.  

But, the pain of let down never stopped for me either.
That is very similar to me.

Edited by tazcan, 25 January 2013 - 09:15 AM.


#13 MummyIHK

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:18 AM

QUOTE (- Poppy - @ 10/12/2012, 12:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I breastfed DS for 6 weeks and I remember waking up and my bed being soaked in breastmilk.

So from then on I had to wear a bra to bed and nursing pads to soak up the leaking milk.

Did that happen to you? Is that just a fact of life for breastfeeding mothers or were you eventually be able to sleep without a bra and not have milk leak everywhere?


I leaked day and night for the six months I breastfed!  I think for some people its just the way it is and some woman only leak for the first few days/weeks.


#14 Babetty

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:19 AM

With my first, I leaked a lot at night for the first 3 months or more - breastpads didn't cut it, my booby bibs were a sanity saver (boobybibs.com.au - ugly but really effective and quite comfortable. I could feed in it by undoing the zip and slipping the strap off my shoulder).

With second child, didn't leak as much, so breastfeeding singlet or maternity overnight crop (from target) with breastpads have been the way to go. Much more comfortable than a bra. Now at 6 months, I hardly leak at all but still wear it just in case.

During the day, I virtually never leak, but wear the washable avent fabric breast pads. They are sufficient to catch whatever drops may occur, but I'm not wasting money on the disposable ones.



#15 Happy_daisy

Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:35 PM

First time around I leaked a lot overnight while my supply was settling down - the first 6-8 weeks or around that I think from memory? Then no leaks overnight.

This time around I've bought a Mumdrop wrap, and it's fantastic! I don't like wearing bras to bed and found breastpads moved around too much to be effective, so this is the perfect solution. I wear it as my pyjama top. Considering buying another one so I can wear one while I'm washing the other.




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