"leaking" question :)

Jess - posted on 01/21/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hey ladies,



Im probably just worried about nothing, but I figured I'd ask around and see what you all thought. Im 35 weeks pg now with my first baby, 5 weeks to go, and I havent started to "leak" yet.... a LOT of my other prego friends have all been leaking (getting some kind of discharge from thier breasts) for weeks....does this mean I could have problems with breasfeeding? is there anything I can do to encourage breast milk to come in when it should? am I just worrying for nothing?

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Emily - posted on 01/23/2009

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Don't worry about it. I've always been able to express some colostrum before the baby is born... but I don't start leaking anything until a day or two after my milk officially comes in (which wasn't until day 8 for my first, day 5 for my second and day 4 for my third).

Christine - posted on 01/23/2009

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Technically your milk doesn't come in until post-baby.  So for those who are leaking now, it's really just collostrum, and it happens to some ladies but not to others.  If you are worried that you are not producing any, which you most likely are, take a hot shower and try to manually express some.  It takes some patience, but it will come- and it will be yellow so don't worry about the color either.  For now, you have enough on your plate for the next 5 weeks.  Enjoy (if you can) the end of your pregnancy and don't worry about things unless the dr. tells you that you should worry. 

Trina - posted on 01/23/2009

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Like everyone else is saying there is nothng to worry about. I freaked because I didn't, and my milk didn't come in for almost 4 days after giving birth so then I was worried he wasn't getting enough. Within 2 months my son went from 7.7lbs to 14.5 so he's just fine!

Shannon - posted on 01/23/2009

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With my daughter I never leaked prior to her actually nursing. WIth my son, I leaked colostrom from around 34 weeks till I gave birth... and my milk was in 24 hours later. Nothing abnormal at all... and it will come in within a few days of birth! Congrats a bit early...

Stef - posted on 01/23/2009

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no worries...every woman is different. I just had my 3rd...EBF the first 2 and never leaked while preggers...now, well thats a differnt story ;) Best of luck to you!!!

Sharon - posted on 01/22/2009

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I have had 2 baby's now..and I never leaked with either one of them and my supply with both has been awesome. I wouldn't worry about that. My lactation nurses said that your body starts producing colostrum at 5 months, not sure how accurate that is, but not leaking is definitely not an indicator of not having a supply.

Erin - posted on 01/22/2009

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I never leaked before I had my baby girl. I was concerned about the same thing, wondering if I was going to have enough milk. Sometimes I could get about a drop of colostrum by squeezing my nipple but other than that nothing. However, my daughter took to nursing beautifully and she is 4 months now and still nursing. Also, you may still wonder the same after your baby is born, but remember a newborn only needs a tiny bit. Just let him/her nurse often the first few days even if it is only for a couple of minutes (I still let my baby nurse whenever she seems to want to). It will take 2-3 days for your milk to come in, so don't worry, and don't let the nurses or doc talk you into giving the baby formula. Babies are born with fat stores and it is common for them to lose weight after birth. The first few days are more about frequency than quantity, so feed often and stick with it. Good luck!

Serena - posted on 01/22/2009

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Nothing to worry about, I didn't leak, I noticed a tiny bit when I was in the shower 2 days before birth with one, 1 week before with another baby, not at all with my third and have successfully breastfed all of them.

Ashley - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hey Jess! Welcome to to motherhood(a little early) when worrying over nothing is completely normal!

Everything is fine! Consider yourself lucky that you're not leaking! There will be time for leaking after your baby is born. The amount you leak or don't leak doesn't have anything to do with having breastfeeding issues. Aside from simply nursing your baby, there's nothing you can do to make your milk come in. It's important for your baby to have the colostrum before the milk. Your milk will come in a few days after your child is born. If you have any others questions, we're here to help. Good luck!

Lea - posted on 01/21/2009

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You are worrying for nothing. I never leaked with any of mine. Be thankful...if you don't leak now...you may have minimal leakage when you do get your milk. Just make sure you continue getting your fluids now and post-partum.

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