What is leaking?
Breastfeeding is a totally normal process, but some new mums feel self-conscious. Nearly all new mums will experience leaking at some point.
What are the symptoms of Leaking?
Some mums to be notice that their breasts start leaking before their baby is born. It may only be a few drops, but it’s the body’s way of getting ready to start breastfeeding.
Once the baby is born, the powerful let-down reflex may take mums by surprise.
Leaking can occur most during the early stages of breastfeeding when the breasts are adjusting to how much milk to produce.
The sound of the baby crying can trigger let down and leaking if the baby isn’t put to the breast. Also when breastfeeding on one side, the other breast may leak milk.
What are the treatments and remedies of Leaking?
The easiest way to prevent leaks showing is to wear breast pads inside a bra. These can either be disposable or washable. Change them regularly to ensure breasts are not exposed to prolonged periods of wetness.
Leaking should settle down as breastfeeding gets established, but this will vary from mum to mum.
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