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Hi Ladies,<br><br>
Are any of you able to get away without a bra or bra pads while nursing? I seem to remember hearing about moms who could at certain times and I know its recommended not to wear a bra if you have an infection.<br><br>
I know at night it wouldn't work but it sure would be nice not to have to wear a bra every day...I mean I"m a SAHM....I should be able to wear anything. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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It should calm down for you within the next few weeks, your supply will be established and there should be less leaking all over the place.<br><br>
Did it calm down with your older child at around 3-4 months?
 

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Oh, you bet it did with my first son around that time. Its pretty calm now...so you don't have to wear pads after 3-4 months? I guess I could try it while I'm at home. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol">
 

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Yeah probably around that time, usually when your supply gets established there is less random leaking.
 

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i haven't worn pads since maybe 4 weeks PP. just don't need them as i don't really leak. and i don't even wear a bra at night, the only time i do sometimes leak <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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it all depends on your flow! mine is fairly slow, which means pumping a bottle for dh is all but impossible (2oz if i'm lucky over 30 min), but it also means i never use breast pads & don't wear a bra when i'm not doing much at home & overnight.
 

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I think I stopped wearing pads while out, when dd was around 3-4 months old. I stopped sleeping with them around 6 weeks when I got tired of wearing a bra at night, and I just dealt with the mess with towels and changing shirts a lot.<br><br>
I still leaked some with letdowns until 6 months or so, but I was able to "control" when I letdown a bit better...in other words, not every cry or sigh make me leak <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.
 

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My babe is 9 mos and I just now am able to sleep braless, and forgo pads during the day. When I get my letdown I just put pressure over my other breast to hinder leakage. Seems to do the trick
 

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I use a few cloth prefolds or a towel at night, and even during the day I'll sometimes just stuff my top with a prefold. I don't wear nursing bras btw, I prefer camis with built in bras so stuffing them is easy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
However I had to wear "real" pads when out of the house till dd1 was 18mo and I was in my second trimester of pregnancy...till then I leaked randomly and "fire hosed" during let-down.
 

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DD is almost 10 mos & I still have random letdowns, so it's pads for me. At night, I don't wear a bra & have a waterproof sheet on the bed to catch any leaks... I need the time off from brawearing!
 

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I never wore a pad, ever. I don't know why- but I didn't ever leak. I have pretty fast let down, but only when DS is nursing.
 

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My baby is 3 months and it really depends on the day. Some days I can get away with being braless, and others I can't. Sorry, that doesn't help.
 

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after the first month or two, i quit wearing them. i'd just cross one arm over the breast that she wasn't using.<br><br>
never slept in a bra, either...i'd imagine that to be a clogged duct-waiting-to-happen.
 

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ha! i haven't slept without a bra in nearly 6 months! i use special sleep bras, though - they're VERY loose and soft - really only enough to hold the pads in place. and no problems here.<br><br>
finally some nights now i don't really leak and by about 10 or 11 in the morning, i don't really leak usually for the rest of the day. but i still wear pads for the dampness that's inevitable.<br><br>
and i'm not sure when i'll be able to go braless at night. at this point, my nipples still do not like having a t-shirt rubbing on them!
 

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I have never worn pads because I never leak. Funny, I've heard so many stories of leaky breasts that I bought a few boxes when I was pregnant. I haven't cracked open ONE of them.
 

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my dd is 3 mos old and things have calmed down considerably. i usually don't leak very much out of the other breast when dd is nusing. what i do now is carry 1 or 2 cloth nursing pads in my pocket, and when it's time to nurse, i stuff them in the bra in front of the other breast. then i take it out after dd is done eating because i hate the feel of those pads. my bras are pretty comfy (NO underwire), so i've gotten used to wearing them all the time. but some times i just gotta get a break from the bra, and during those times, i just stuff a burp rag in front of the other breast.
 

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My DD is 20 months old and I still have to wear nursing pads most days. I won't leave the house with out them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm mostly ok at night, but I keep a prefold diaper nearby just incase I wake up soaked. LOL<br><br>
I did notice that my leaking slowed down when I changed from disposable nursing pads to reusable ones.
 

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My little guy is only a month old, so my supply hasn't really established itself yet. I leak so freakin' much that I leak <i>through</i> the pads, the bras, and my shirt in about 5-10 minutes. Because of this, I mostly do without and use washcloths to soak up whatever mess I end up making (which, this morning, resulted in a HUGE puddle on the bed while I was nursing... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"> )
 

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I don't wear bra pads, I never have.<br>
I take that back, i did once. I was shooting a wedding and couldn't nurse on demand.<br><br>
I leak rarely and when I do it cause, for some reason or another, I haven't nursed recently.
 

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I don't leak unless i'm engorged (which is rare) surprisingly after 5 babies I"ve never worn nursing pads ( I always buy some just in case) and only leaked on my shirt a few times
 
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