Messy Breastfeeding?! lol

Courtney - posted on 06/16/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I'm just wondering if anyone else has had the same experience as me, and looking for suggestions. My second daughter is about 2 1/2 weeks old and I am breastfeeding. Whenever I feed her I have to tuck a recieving blanket under my breast because when she pulls off my breast will leak so much it would soak my shirt. This also happened with my first daughter, but I was new to it all and didn't intend on feeding in public. This time however, I feel like I have mastered throwing a blanket over my shoulder and I could easily do it in public, but having to put a blanket under my breast makes it awkward. Has anyone else had to deal with this, and how did you do it?!

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yeah i used to have to put a cloth diaper against the boob that my boy wasnt feeding from bc it would leak so much lol.. happened with both boys too. and def after he was done with first it was messy as well.. i would have another one under the boob he was feeding from.. yeah normal.. should even out soon though

Minnie - posted on 06/16/2010

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Sounds like you have an overactive letdown due to a large milk supply. Make sure to have your baby finish the first breast first before moving on to the other- some mothers have their babies only nurse on one breast per feeding and some have to go multiple feedings on one breast.

The overactive let down is common in the early weeks when your body is establishing it's supply. This might calm down more as it regulates. If it continues- block feeding can help, which is what I described above- multiple feedings on one breast until you cannot easily squeeze milk out.

The tucking of towels and receiving blankets is something many many mothers have to do during these early days of breastfeeding.

Daniele - posted on 06/16/2010

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I think every mom has that problem, I use a nipple shield. It is actually used for inverted nipples so it has a bigger area for the baby to latch on to, it helps to catch the milk a little to give you time to put your shirt and pad back on to help avoid the sticky mess. This is not a good description but if you look it up you will see what I mean. Hopefully it helps. Good Luck

Anna - posted on 06/16/2010

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I found that it was easier to pump a small amount with my handpump to stop the overwhelming leaking problem at first. Appling pressure afterwards works too. I had to put a towel under my breast too. Hopfully the older she gets the less messy. She's still learning. Just glad to hear im not the only one that had that problem. Good luck!

Vicki - posted on 06/16/2010

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Yes...apply pressure right after and use tons of breast pads. Johnsons worked the best for me.

Jesi - posted on 06/16/2010

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lol i'm so glad it wasnt just me! yes in the beginning, milk ran down and would soak my bra and shirt.
I would wear a nursing bra with a soaker pad in it and I would fold the bra flap OUT so that the soaker would catch most of the leak. not fool proof, but better than trying that awkward blanket or towell in public.

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