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#1 of 6 Old 12-09-2006, 10:44 PM - Thread Starter
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With my last pg/nursing my supply was enormous and letdowns hard and fast. My son would nurse on one side and I'd just hold the pump up to the other side and catch whatever leaked out. Sometimes this would be 8+ ounces. The nursing pad does not exist that will hold all that! Before he was born I couldn't even express a drop.

So I'm pg again (36+ weeks) and my boobs are the same as at the end of the last pg. Do you think I'll be a huge leaker again? Just wondering what other women have experienced.
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Ya know, I leaked more with number 1 than number 2. I leaked for much longer with number 1 as well. I regulated right away with number 2. I think everyone is different though.
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I really think it depends on the baby more than anything else. Dd I had an overactive letdown and an oversupply that caused weight gain problems and led to me having to block feed every 4 hrs to even get it semi-manageable. I swore I should buy stock in breast pads I went through so many and I took to putting pressure on the nipple dd wasn't nursing on so that I didn't leak as much.

Ds was born 7wks early and I was worried about having an overactive letdown again and him not being able to handle it. My letdown with him started out much slower and less forceful and at first I didn't leak half as much as with dd. Now that he's getting bigger, my letdown has gotten a lot stronger and easier and I'm to the point of putting pressure on the nipple ds isn't nursing on again so that I don't soak my shirt every time. This time though I haven't had to block feed to regulate my supply and ds isn't having any weight gain issues.

So based on my experience I think it's baby related... I believe my body knew my preemie couldn't handle a forceful letdown so it was gentler until he got bigger. No scientific proof of that, but that's my belief based on my experience.
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I leaked about the same amount of time with both my children (9-10 months) however, I didn't leak nearly as much the second time around. My body figured out the quantity ds needed much more quickly and I didn't get engorged the second time. So, I still leaked, but it was much easier to deal with.
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I leaked way more with my first baby than my second. With dd, I had to put washcloths in my bra at night and still woke up sopping wet. And she wasn't sleeping more than 2-3 hours at a stretch. This never happened with ds, although I was tandeming.

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I'm only on my first DC, but I've read where many women will leak less for subsequent DCs b/c your body is in a way more familiar with what is going on. Basically since you're body has done this all before, your homones and such might stabilize faster b/c you've had practice. I don't think anything is guaranteed though, so I'd keep a cup handy!!!

I leaked a lot too in the first couple of months, and caught it in a cup too. My DH used to joke that my body thought we'd had twins (and was making milk for the other baby to). I think someone should invent breast pads with silicone seals and tubes that go to a little collection cup. No leaking through your shirt, AND you don't have to just waste all that perfectly good milk!!!

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