Breasts that leak, drip or even spray milk in the weeks and sometimes even months after delivery are a common and normal postpartum symptom. But it can be embarrassing and downright messy. It's just your body getting used to both making milk and the feeding schedule you and your baby are trying to perfect right now with breastfeeding. Breasts leak because of the letdown reflex — a powerful and normal part of the breastfeeding process. And until your breasts become adept at the art of releasing milk from the ducts at precisely the right time i.
While every breastfeeding mom worries about having two wet dots on the front of her shirt, leaks are very manageable and easy to prevent. When baby starts sleeping longer stretches at night, many moms wake up with a soggy pajama shirt. Making sure you have enough milk is probably at the top of your mind. Content begins here Leaking While every breastfeeding mom worries about having two wet dots on the front of her shirt, leaks are very manageable and easy to prevent. Almost every mom has a funny story about when it happened to her, but you can avoid leaks by: Feeding your baby frequently, before your breasts become overly full Wearing nursing pads Learning to recognize the let-down feeling so that you can put mild pressure on your nipples with your forearms by crossing your arms over your chest to prevent an embarrassing moment or you can pump or feed your baby immediately Keeping an extra shirt at work or in your car Carrying a sweater to put on in case of emergency Many moms will leak less or stop leaking after the first few weeks of breastfeeding.
When in fact they should top the list in the early weeks. Milk production, milk release, and milk transfer are the three ingredients mothers need to breastfeed. Leaking is a clear sign of milk production and milk release—two down, one to go! Blame it on the let-down reflex. Prolactin tells your breasts to make milk and oxytocin tells your breast to release milk.
Yes, some nursing moms leak or spray milk from their breasts, especially when their breasts are full. Leaking is most likely to happen in the morning when milk supply is at its peak and during feedings when one side leaks while the baby is nursing from the other side. Some nursing moms leak only during the early weeks of breastfeeding, while others leak until their baby is weaned. For some women, leaking starts during pregnancy. Your breasts may leak when they become so full of milk that they overflow.