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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I should preface this by stating that I'm a first timer and had no idea this could happen...

I woke up this morning after feeling sticky drips on my arm and a small puddle in my sheets. At first I thought it was drool....but quickly realized it was definitely not the right area...and then I thought that maybe our ceiling was leaking.....but no. It was ME! My nipples were leaking!!!

Totally shocked. Kinda excited, too, that things seem to be gearing up for the real deal! Guess its time to invest in nursing pads, though. And boy am I glad we bought (and put on) a waterproof mattress cover!

Anyone else leaking? Anyone have experience expressing and saving colostrum?

Any tips on nursing pads/nipple gear?
post #2 of 17

Wow!  You go, lady!  I've read and learned that this is normal at this point in your pregnancy.  Not everyone will leak, though.  And if you don't leak its not an abnormality.  I've not noticed leaking yet.  Though, admittedly, I did perform a slight pinch on each nipple after my shower yesterday.  Nada.

 

I'd love to read what the veteran momma's advise ...

post #3 of 17
Wow, I never leaked THAT much with number one, but I do recall that I would wake up with circles on my sleep bra. In my experience its a good sign, I never had any problems with supply. In fact, at first I had slight oversupply and an overactive letdown that sometimes left dd sputtering at the beginning of feeds. We had some reflux issues until we got it all sorted (which i think involved block feedings on one side--nursing her from one side over and over rather than switching it up every time--to make sure dd got the hind milk. It was a long time ago, but I think I recall that being the solution.)

I'd probably be leaking now if dd weren't still nursing. A few weeks ago she latched on and excitedly informed me that the milk had come back, which she illustrated by squeezing my nipple and squirting us both with milk. It's odd though, not the thick yellow colostrum I recall from before dd came, but not the usual milk look. It's kinda thicker and sometimes sticky, but clear or slightly cloudy. Odd.
post #4 of 17

Funny. I have cloth nursing pads. Those are great. Knickernappies Stay-Dry Nursing Pads 

I do leak a tiny bit, but not like that. And I think it happens more if I accidentally squish my boobs. I also have very good supply. Leak like crazy for a few months after the birth. For after baby is here, I bought some cloth nursing pads with no back to layer inside of the leakproof ones as doublers or I'd leak through. Disposable ones were nearly useless to me.

post #5 of 17

The thread name made me laugh ROTFLMAO.gif  "leaky boob club"

 

Mine leak since the begining of the pregnancy (7-8) weeks, but the liquid volume is incresed since I was 23 weeks.  May seem too early, but before I got pregnant I had problems with the prolactin hormone, it was 5 times higher than normal and my boobs leaked even if I wasn`t pregnant. Then I took some pills and my prolactin got normal. When I got pregnant I stoped the treatment and I guess that`s why whey sytarted leaking.

 

I use no pads..just change my t-shirt often.

post #6 of 17
I never leak pre birth but surely have some good stories about leaking and messy stains in the first few months! I've actually been looking into getting some wool nursing pads as the ones I used for the last two are shot. Any great suggestions? Wool vs cotton? Make your own or purchase? I noticed etsy has quite a selection but they all seem so easy to make, though not sure i want to take on another project right now!
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by shanna-cat View Post

I never leak pre birth but surely have some good stories about leaking and messy stains in the first few months! I've actually been looking into getting some wool nursing pads as the ones I used for the last two are shot. Any great suggestions? Wool vs cotton? Make your own or purchase? I noticed etsy has quite a selection but they all seem so easy to make, though not sure i want to take on another project right now!

 

I had those fancy danish wool xtra(for heavy leaking) and I always leaked through them when I tried to use them with a newborn. They are great after the first few months. I still have them and they are nice if I get a plugged duct and are great like I said, after the first few months of extreme leakiness. The only things I found for those first months are waterproof backed(PUL or something) cloth breast pads and a cotton "doubler" cloth breast pad (no waterproof backing) and using prefolds is a cheaper alternative, but rather bulky and looks funny,  but at home, it's fine. 

I got my cloth "doubler" pads off of etsy. I call them doublers because they don't have a waterproof layer and that is nearly useless except as a doubler for me. LOL

post #8 of 17

Cute thread title! With my first one, my breasts barely made a peep before before, but after birth, whoa! I was waking up in pools of milk and wearing cups during the day that collected my milk for later!

 

I was wondering if anyone knows about this: I'm still nursing my older daughter 2-3 times a day. Should I expect as much leakage as I had the first time around, once the baby is born? Or is it usually less the second time around / if you are already nursing? Thanks for any wisdom on this.

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by dayiscoming2006 View Post

I had those fancy danish wool xtra(for heavy leaking) and I always leaked through them when I tried to use them with a newborn. They are great after the first few months. I still have them and they are nice if I get a plugged duct and are great like I said, after the first few months of extreme leakiness. The only things I found for those first months are waterproof backed(PUL or something) cloth breast pads and a cotton "doubler" cloth breast pad (no waterproof backing) and using prefolds is a cheaper alternative, but rather bulky and looks funny,  but at home, it's fine. 
I got my cloth "doubler" pads off of etsy. I call them doublers because they don't have a waterproof layer and that is nearly useless except as a doubler for me. LOL
But you liked the wool ones overall? I really am not a big leaker, probably my first several months are equivalent to most 'leakers' after 6 months. Except at night when I tend to make a mess. All I ever used were cotton pads handed down to me from my aunt, and they've now gone through 7 kids and are falling apart. So I don't really think I will need the heavy duty doubler kind. Since this is my last I kinda feel like splurging on wool pads though.
post #10 of 17
I'm wondering the same thing! I have heard that nursing a toddler is a good way to deal with overactive letdown, but thats not really the same thing. I hope one of the mamas of many has an answer!
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by shanna-cat View Post


But you liked the wool ones overall? I really am not a big leaker, probably my first several months are equivalent to most 'leakers' after 6 months. Except at night when I tend to make a mess. All I ever used were cotton pads handed down to me from my aunt, and they've now gone through 7 kids and are falling apart. So I don't really think I will need the heavy duty doubler kind. Since this is my last I kinda feel like splurging on wool pads though.

 

You could get 2-3 pairs and see how you like them. The bad thing is when they get soaked, they get kinda crusty and you have to wash them and they take forever to air dry. 

 

Another idea would be the waterproof backed ones with microfleece or something next to the skin. Those are my other go to ones. I don't like the wool ones until my leaking has gone way down - 3-4 months after the birth? But, I'm a heavy leaker. The wool ones do seem to help some to prevent the clogged ducts like they claim.

post #12 of 17

I haven't had any leaking yet, but I bought some disposable and cotton pads just in case.  Sounds like I need to order some sleeping nursing bras soon too.  Thanks for the tips!

post #13 of 17

I just cannot wear reusable pads, they tend to get super wet and then turn cold because you're sitting in a wet pad.  I do not like that feeling at all.  There are also some brands of disposable ones that the top layer will stick to your nipple once it's wet so peeling it off if you've got a sore spot or blister etc is pretty darn uncomfortable!!  I honestly can't remember the brand that I preferred in the past but it's one that kind of gels up once it gets wet and fits comfortably and soaks well etc.... Medela maybe?!
 

post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 

I am lucky in that my birth center has a breast feeding boutique and I popped in there this afternoon and bought a cheap set of washable cotton pads. I'll give them a shot! But I am eyeing some Etsy products, too. I have heard good things about "Milkies"  (http://www.mymilkies.com/) too.... but they are expensive, and I think more for temporary use during feedings.

 

So far that one leaky night seems to have been a fluke. I've had some minimal leaking since then, but nothing quite like that! I was laying down on my side when it occurred, so maybe the "elements" were just right for puddle making. :)  I've also since read that it is (for whatever reason) more common to leak colostrum at night/during sleep than during the day. 

post #15 of 17

SweetHuck-I have heard good things about Milkies and I am thinking of getting some.  You may not want to express the colostrum now because the nipple stimulation could stimulate contractions.  You may want to wait until you are to term.  Just a thought.

post #16 of 17

Pokey- thanks for that advice!

 

A couple weeks ago, after a day at the Korean day spa sitting in hot tubs for about 6hrs, I squeezed on one breast and sure enough I had some clear but cloudy bubbles leak out.  Ever since I can get both of them to leak a little, but it's never more than a few drops (not even enough for it to drip).  My mom told me not to waste it and to stop squeezing my breasts, but I am a little fascinated by it! 

 

And I have to admit.......I taste it almost every time it lets down.  DP still won't taste it, but I like to know these things.  It's sweet!

post #17 of 17

Oh yes, I am leaking a bit sometimes... It is pretty funny. I will admit early on I found sposies to be the best for me. Eventually I got some german wool pads and a few cotton pads... I liked how soft the wool ones were, but sometimes they stimulated a let down.

 

I also always had an extra shirt on hand and wild bright patterns and quick drying synthetics are great for postpartum... LOL in case you have to worry about such things.... Also spilling a cup of water worked when I was somewhere where looking clumsy was better than having a let down... like a business meeting.

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