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Leaking breasts

It’s perfectly normal for your breasts to leak while you are breastfeeding. When your milk first comes in, you might find you leak a lot but as time goes on your milk will regulate itself and it will be less of an annoyance.

What are the symptoms?

It’s perfectly normal for your breasts to leak while you are breastfeeding. It happens most in the early days when your breasts are full or when your "letdown reflex" is activated by something making your body think that it's breastfeeding. It can also be an emotional response – some women report their breasts leaking when they hear their baby crying. Every breastfeeding mum will have some story about their breasts leaking - it happens to everyone. Try packing a spare t-shirt for yourself in your changing bag in case you need it when you're out and about.

The solution

There’s no exact way to stop your breasts leaking. If you are feeding whenever your baby shows signs of hunger then this will help your breasts adapt to make the exact amount of milk your baby needs, and using breast pads will help stop milk leaking onto clothing and ensure nobody notices. For most mums leaking stops as their bodies get used to breastfeeding. If you are leaking overnight, you might want to put a towel underneath so you don’t have to worry about washing your bed sheets every night.

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Last updated: 20 May, 2019