Before and after pregnancy, your breasts will be taking you on a wild ride: Sore and tender one day, leaking the next! Is this normal? Your leakage questions and more answered in this month’s newsletter.
After five to six months of pregnancy, many moms-to-be start to leak colostrum, a thick, creamy-white or yellowish discharge produced before their breast milk comes in. This is just a sign that your breasts are preparing for lactation. It may be an inconvenience to you, but it’s great for your newborn baby. Three to five days after delivery, your milk will start to be fully produced.
While both are wonderful for baby, colostrum, then your milk, may come at unexpected times or a bit too soon. This can happen close to feeding time, hearing another baby cry or just thinking of your baby. Try pressing your arms firmly against your breasts to slow the leakage. You can also battle the drip with several products readily available from Breastfeeding Support & Supplies of Omaha.
- Medela disposable nursing pads – 30 and 60 count packs
- Medela washable nursing pads – soft, gentle feel; set of 4 with laundry bag
- Bravado washable nursing pads – terry cloth side, wicking fabric 2nd side; package of 6
- LilyPadz® – latex-free silicone nursing pads that form a non-absorbent barrier that actually PREVENTS breast milk leakage
A different option for milk leakage is to collect it rather than letting it go to waste into a breast pad. Another product available at Breastfeeding Support & Supplies is Milkies by Milk-Saver. Milkies provide a discreet way to collect breastmilk from the opposite side baby is nursing from. If a mom were to purchase breastmilk from a milk bank, it could cost around $4.00/ounce! Breastmilk is truly liquid gold and worth saving every drop!
Whether using disposable pads or milk collectors, always remember to keep your breasts clean. Nursing pads DO need to be changed frequently when they get wet to prevent problems with yeast infections. Leakage is a normal part of pregnancy and breastfeeding so relax and stay prepared. Keep multiple pads with you in the diaper bag, breast pump and the car for every situation.