Have you experienced any embarrassing breastmilk leaking moments?
All breastfeeding mom can relate.
Here you are out and about when suddenly you feel a letdown coming on.
Before you know it, your shirt is wet and there is nothing much you can do about it.
Fret not! This is a common problem faced by many breastfeeding mom.
If you are producing too much milk in the early days of nursing, make sure to nurse frequently before your breast becomes too full.
Pumping milk helps to free the load from your breast when your baby is not ready to breastfeed.
Pumping is enough to make your breast compressible and comfortable but not so much in boosting your milk supply.
Here are other ways to cope with leaking breasts for you to stay dry and comfortable!
1. Applying pressure
If you feel like a letdown is coming at an inappropriate or awkward moment, you can discreetly be applying pressure to your nipples.
You can cross your arms over your breast and press firmly.
Another way, cup your chin in your hands and press your forearms into your breast if you are sitting at a table.
This may be the most unnatural sitting position, but it can be a quick reflex until you can put in bra pads or return to a private setting.
2. Nursing pad
We recommend nursing moms to use a bra that absorbs leaks to help you stay dry and comfortable as well as preventing any embarrassing moments.
You can buy disposable or cloth pads at baby stores.
Make sure to change the nursing pad regularly to avoid pad from dampening as bacteria and fungi will grow and will cause soreness or infection!
3. Always be prepared
If your other breast is always leaking when your baby is nursing on the other, put a cloth over that breast or a nursing pad inside your bra beforehand.
4. Wear layered clothes
Whenever you want to go out, make sure to bring along some nursing pads and an extra top.
You may wear pattern clothes as the wet mark will be less noticeable or wear layered clothes if leaking happens.
You can also cover it with a cardigan or jacket but be mindful of the local outdoor temperatures!
5. Sense of humour
Leaking can be an embarrassing moment for anyone but keep your head up.
Many moms have been in your shoes before and they can identify you.
To overcome this moment, put a smile on your face, wipe out those awkward looks and enjoy your motherhood journey!