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#1 of 12 Old 06-23-2010, 10:06 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm DD hopping. Hope you don't mind. I'm due Sept. 3rd so I feel like I'm straddling two clubs.

Are your breasts leaking yet? I remember having milk much earlier in my other pregnancies... I'm almost 30 weeks. YDD is almost 3 and still nurses but so did ODD during my entire pregnancy. I find I can squeeze out a drop or two very, very rarely but she mostly tells me it's a dry well.

It's ok to not be leaking yet, right?
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I'm almost 35 weeks and all I've had is a very occasional hint of dried yellow crusty stuff on my nipples.

I remember reading that both leaking and not leaking are normal.

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My DD is still nursing once a day and in the last week or two has really started getting something again. I'm 34 weeks tomorrow.

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I am still heavily nursing my two year old. She's thrilled with the colustrum. It's been there a couple of weeks now.

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I've just started to notice the slightest bit of fluid that dries up rather quickly. But I'm making some!!

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I've been leaking like a faucet for weeks now. It's quite annoying actually. It wasn't like this with DD but this time it seems my boobs are just totally eager to nurse again.....lol. I even woke up the other morning with a HUGE wet spot on my shirt. Anyway, I'd say all is within normal. I don't think leaking or not leaking is any indication of how much milk will come in later on. I tend to have an overactive let down and I think that has more to do with it. When I was nursing DD which ever side wasn't being nursed on would spray milk like crazy. Everyone told me it would even out, but I had to plug up the nipple, or use a breast pad until DD was 2 years old. We got almost a solid year of nursing in where my boobs weren't leaking uncontrollably. I was hoping this time would be better, but with all the leaking going on already, I'm thinking my boobs still haven't learned.

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I'm almost 35 weeks and all I've had is a very occasional hint of dried yellow crusty stuff on my nipples.

I remember reading that both leaking and not leaking are normal.
Only it is LOTS of crusty yellow & its been going on for a long time. I wasn't sure what it was for a while because I can't manually express anything, but by now I am sure that is what it is.

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My boobs are totally in the dark about this pregnancy (as always). They are the ONLY part of my body that does not grow when I am pregnant

I dont get any colostrum at all until birth, and even then it takes DAYS (up to 5!!) for my milk to come in...It is SO annoying. I wish they would stop being in denial

I have had to supplement (with a dropper while latching on) with goats milk for at least 2 of my babies for a few days after birth.

However, I must say after my milk finally does come in, it is always clear sailing from there. Thank God!!

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I even woke up the other morning with a HUGE wet spot on my shirt.
Yeah I woke up with a huge wet spot on my shirt (like plate sized) and my arm was all sticky and gross... I woke up because I was feeling sick so the leaking breast thing just sent me into hormonal crying land for a while. lol! (Seriously, there are fluids coming out of every end of me!! wahh!!!!)
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I leaked like crazy during my last pregnancy, and had to wear nursing pads (ugh!) but haven't actually leaked at all this time. I can squeeze out a trickle if I want to but that's fairly new and I'm 34.2 weeks.
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My breasts have never leaked (that I've detected) in pregnancy. I do see some of the yellow crusts in the little milk-holes occasionally. My breasts are fairly large anyway, and grow a lot during pregnancy. Yet, the major growth comes when my milk comes in..no worries ladies!

I've never had a breastfeeding issue, other than suffering from oversupply and overactive letdown. I typically leak like crazy for about 4 months after birth. My milk comes in late the second day.

So, I think either way is totally normal for a mama, and is no indication of supply issues after birth.

Blessings! How neat to see the preparation for baby's milk!

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I'm almost 35 weeks and all I've had is a very occasional hint of dried yellow crusty stuff on my nipples.
This exactly.

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