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Tips When Leaking Breast Milk

Leaky Breasts While BreastfeedingIt can happen to any breastfeeding mom. All of a sudden, the T-shirt has one or two dark circles at the front. Oh, no, breast milk leakage! So common and so annoying. Below, you can watch a video showing how this happens to Kim Kardashian. But really, there’s a lot to do to both to reduce the leakage and to prevent it from showing.

Leaking breasts can be a real problem for some women, but for most breastfeeding moms, leaking slows down and even stops over time. When leaking breast milk, the strategies to cope involve both ways to reduce the leakage and ways to endure the situation.

How To Deal With Leaky Breasts


Pressure on Your Nipple

If you notice that you’re about to start leaking, you can press your index finger against the nipple. That will make the leakage stop. If that’s not possible, for example if you are out somewhere around people, you can also press your arms towards your chest to obtain the same result (but in a more discrete way).

Quite often one breast starts to leak when the baby starts to nurse from the other breast. So be prepared by pressing againts that other nipple even before the leaking starts.


Less Full Breasts

To prevent leakage, try to avoid getting really full breasts, especially on occasions when the leakage might be embarrassing. Pump or hand-express some milk before heading outside. Or breastfeed, of course.


Cold Cabbage Leaves

A home remedy to prevent leakage is refrigerated cabbage leaves tucked in your bra. I have never tried it myself, but some women say it really works. Why not give it a try if nothing else helps.

If you think you have oversupply, you can try some herbs to reduce the milk supply. Just be aware that leaking can certainly happen at normal supply too!


Wear Nursing Pads

Wear nursing pads. I personally prefer disposable pads, because they are so practical. Just make sure to change them often and bring lots of them in your diaper bag, otherwise they can give you fungus, especially if your baby has oral thrush, if you walk around with moist nursing pads.


Patterned Tops

Finally, don’t use tops that will make the leakage obvious. Patterns of all kinds are great! Also tops that are not too tight will help.

Hope this helps! All leaking moms, please share additional tips below

And here you can watch the video with Kim Kardashian leaking breast milk. If she can do it on TV without freeking out, then maybe we all should be a cool about this very natural thing too. :-)

Comments

Sep 03, 2013

Sage to reduce breast milk supply
by: Lisa


I just wanted to add a tip. I’ve read that fresh sage can be used to inhibit milk production a little bit. Put it on a sandwich and may be it will reduce leakage as well.

Lisa


Sep 03, 2013

Thanks, Lisa!
by: Paula


Thanks a lot for helping out! I hadn’t heard of sage being used to reduce milk production, but I did a bit of research and sage as well as several other herbs can be used to treat breast milk oversupply, just as you suggests. Other herbs to try are for example oregano, peppermint, parsley and thyme. You can read about herbs for breastfeeding here.

If anyone tries these herbs to reduce oversupply or leaking breast milk, please let us know if it works!
Paula


Nov 22, 2013

collection cups

by: Joan


Hey Jennifer, I know a product you can use; Freedomnurser breast shells. I too have had problem leakage but I put these in my bra to collect it and save a lot of extra laundry.
You can choose to keep or discard the milk.

Joan


Dec 05, 2013

Leaking brestmilk for 2 years
by: tina


I had my 2 sons close together in age and I’m still leaking and my oldest will be 2 dec 8 and my young one is only 7 months. They’re 17 months apart, and I don’t know what to do about stopping this. I’ve tried wearing tight bras and just about everything the doctors tell me to do, and nothing seems to help. Anybody have any advice for me? I’ve not brestfeed with neither one of my boys and it just keeps coming. More often is when I’m feeding my youngest and he’s right there at my brest drinking his bottle of formula.


Jan 14, 2014

leaking
by: Anonymous


I breast fed for a week with my baby and had to stop. She’s five months now and I notice that I am leaking milk again?!?


Apr 25, 2014

Extreme leaking!

by: Rebecca


Hi, my baby is now 8.5 weeks old and my breasts leak so much that I soak the sheets in the evening during sleep! The milk just keeps coming and soaks through my breastpads right through to everything. It is so uncomfortable and sometimes I wake up from the pain of my breasts being so full. I’ve tried cabbage leaves and I’ve expressed a little in the shower before bed time, but nothing is helping. Anyone out there have any suggestions?


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  • Happy mommy

    I lived off minimal fluids for a week, although i felt rough it worked twice.