Tips When Leaking Breast Milk
It 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.
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. 🙂
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