Breastfeeding is messy! any syggestions?

Sarah - posted on 09/27/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My two week old is getting increasingly messy during feedings. He lets go and i drip everywhere or he drools all over. Its so bad I have to change bras and shirts after every feeding. I've tried covering up with a towel but it doesn't really help. I think his latch is good, so I dn't know whats going on. Does anyone else have this problem or any suggestions?

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Lucy - posted on 09/30/2009

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I lift my top up and unclip and pull down my nursing bra then tuck a muslin cloth down the side of my unclipped bra so it's underneath baby's head and face, then any leakage or dribble is caught on there and doesn't soak through to your bra!

Julie - posted on 09/29/2009

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Oh I remember those days! I used to just put a towel under his face on top of my belly He will get better. Are you holding him close enough to you?.

Carla - posted on 09/27/2009

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I agree with the other ladies, this used to happen to me all the time but it hardly ever happens now. If he pops off (as he does a lot now.... 4 months and very nosey!) when my milk is letting down I still spray but not when he's coming to the end of a feed. I used to roll up either a tea towel or a muslin square and stick it under my breast to catch the excess. If you leak from the other breast when you feed (I used to soak through 2 pads at each feed, and often onto my bra and top) then you may find breast shells handy, they catch the excess milk. If you do pump to relieve it only pump as much as necessary to feel comfortable, dont pump yourself dry or you will be signalling to your body to make even more milk.

Amanda - posted on 09/27/2009

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It sounds like you might still be a little engorged, when your body figures out how much milk your baby is taking it will stop producing so much milk so you will stop dripping, maybe he is getting so much milk in his mouth that it is splilling out which would be the drooling you talk about, that would also be solved when your body regulates your milk better. Until then maybe you could try nursing while laying down, put a absorbant towel under yor breast to catch whatever drips from you, and falls out of your babies mouth.

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Randi - posted on 10/01/2009

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I'd try nursing in your bedroom as much as you can so you can take your clothes off!...take everything off and just lay a towel under your breasts, over your belly and legs! that way you don't have to worry about all the extra laundry!

Geralyn - posted on 09/30/2009

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Nipples are like faucets. After he pulls off, if you just push the nipple down with gentle pressure and hold for 15 or 20 seconds, it should stop the letdown. Then, if he starts up again nursing, the milk will be there. No wasted milk.... That is always a good thing....

Melanie - posted on 09/30/2009

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I am having the same problem I thought i was the only 1 and doing it wrong. I feel normal now. this is my first time bfing and hes 6 weeks old.

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When my baby was at that stage I used to feed her with a cloth under her chin to catch all the spillage. It won't last forever though, don't worry!

Ruth - posted on 09/28/2009

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Things will get better but you're going to smell like cheese for awhile. :) When I'm over at my inlaw's house, I put a towel under his head and tuck part of it into the bottom of the cup of my bra. It helps catch the dribbles.



When I'm home I just don't bother with a shirt.

Veronica - posted on 09/28/2009

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I have to laugh because my little man is the same way! This is one of those things they don't tell you about. I put a burp cloth on my lap right under him and that works really well for keeping me dry! And its on hand when he is ready to burp/ spit up!!

Sarah - posted on 09/28/2009

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thanks for the suggestions, laying down with the towel seems to work pretty good. Hopefully my body gets regulated soon and I won't have to do anything!

Chelsea - posted on 09/27/2009

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What I did was wear a nursing tank top under my shirt and I would pull my shirt up so it would stay clean. My tank top would get the drips. This will not last long as the other women said it's just because you have excess milk right now.

Tammy - posted on 09/27/2009

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Try to wear patterned tops that you lift to nurse when you are going out as well, to hide the milk drips, rather than the single coloured cotton show-every-little-patch-of-wetness nursing tops the dumb maternity shops sell.

I swear, sometimes it seems like the designers have no idea what breastfeeding is REALLY like!!

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Yep, I agree with the other moms. Once you both master breastfeeding it will be a lot less messy. I remember having to change ALOT in the beginning.

Rebecca - posted on 09/27/2009

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I agree w/ Amanda, it's sounds like you are engorged still even after your baby feeds. My youngest will be 3mos beginning of October and he latched on great but in the beginning would fall asleep while eating so would drool out the side of his mouth. It's improved as he as gotton bigger. If your baby sleeps a lot I would consider pumping between feedings so that you are not so engorged when he is hungry if that's the case.

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