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anyone else starting to leak? a few days ago i noticed a leak through my shirt and thought it was just messy drinking (which is usually the case) but yesterday i leaked through 3 layers (not a lot and it didn't last long but i was not near a change of clothes and had to wear my only other layer and overheat all day. it's sort of exciting sort of embarassing. how will i wear my summer tank tops?
 

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Nursing pads! Cloth/reuseable or disposable...even just a few layers of squares of flannel....<br><br>
You are getting prepared to nourish that lil' one on the outside!! How awesome!
 

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I second the nursing pads! I leaked so much with DD that I actually started doing a wet test on new clothing. I would bring a water bottle into the changing room, and squirt a little on a top to see if it showed when wet. I found that most print fabrics are pretty forgiving, and that synthetics (which I'm not fond of normally) esp. the dark ones, hid wetness pretty well. My other last ditch thing was to carry a spray bottle around with me and spritz myself frequently. Worked great in the summer...who knew what wet was milk and what was water? Just me. Of course, by the end of the day I smelled a little like off milk, which you can't really hide. But there is always the "burped on me" excuse if you have a newborn. Ah, the hidden fashion challenges of motherhood.
 

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Yup! I've been leaking little bits for a few weeks now. Fortunately, it's enough to be contained by my bras that have a slight amount of padding. I think it's kind of cool, especially when my boobs respond with colostrum when my baby kicks!<br><br>
I have a few disposable breast pads in the cupboard and will be buying some cloth ones soon when I get my cloth diapers, so I'll use those if the supply increases.
 

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i am thinking of making some cloth pads but does anyone have any advice about how to make it NOT look like i shoved a tissue in my bra? i tend to wear unpadded bras so i think it would end up looking ridiculous...
 

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Homeade flannel pieces/pads, tend to contour and be soft enough to line without bulking up at the ends.<br><br>
I like the lansinoh disposies, too. They are contoured to a nice point, and just lay pretty softly and without bulk, across the breast.<br><br>
I wear very thin material-ed bras, as I don't like or need any extra bulk, size or heat. So, I can relate...just try out a few things to see what you like.<br><br>
Plus, if someone sees your big belly, and your larger pregnant/nursing breasts, I don't think it's as much of a faux paus (sp?) to notice the boobs might have nursing pads in there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> Pretty soon, there will be baby's face and hands and all kinds of drippiness going on in there!
 

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The ones that I had that show through the least have a sort of gradual thinning from the center to the edge, and are contoured to follow the curve of the breast. So they are about 4 layers on the nipple, 3 layers just around that, 2 layers further out, and 1 layer on the edge. The outermost (away from the skin) layer is lace, which sort of breaks up the line of the edge of the circle so that it blends pretty well and doesn't show under my more fitted tops. Don't know if that makes much sense, but there you have it. The ones that show the most are the 3 layer, flat, flannel circles. I don't look like I shoved tissues in there, but more like maybe I shoved some tupperwear lids or something else round and flat. Very noticable unless I wear a padded bra, a very loose and patterned top, or a blazer.
 

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I've been leaking for weeks now. I leak a lot at night, usually waking up to a couple of wet spots on my shirt. During the day my bra contains any leakage so far (and there isn't as much because at night I think it's being squeezed out from variant sleeping positions). And here's a little TMI for you all, I'm also leaking while DTD. The 'grand finally' seems to stimulate a let down. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I leaked so much with DD while BFing that I was changing nursing pads all day long. It continued for at least half of our nursing relationship which lasted 3 years. I'm hoping this time by breasts get the hang of it a little quicker. It would be so lovely to not have to dress for leaking boobs.
 

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I, too, am 3+ years into a nursing relationship. I'm still nursing DD and will most likely be tandem nursing. I'm hoping the extra load and the years of practice will mean less leaks. Mine were so bad that I seriously looked (and felt) like somebody had hit me with a water balloon several times. Charming.
 

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thanks for the advice. i'll sew up some flannel things and see if that helps. i haven't been leaking much the past few days, maybe it was being around so many babies last week!
 
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