Leaking breast milk is a normal (and annoying) part of lactation, particularly in the early days. It certainly won’t last forever but you’d be forgiven for wondering, while putting yet another load of laundry on, when will it end?! Although it will vary, most people won’t have to put up with leaky breasts for too long. And there are certainly ways to make it bearable in the meantime❤️
When will I stop leaking milk?
Leaky breasts are extremely common in the weeks or months following birth, as your milk production regulates and stabilises. However, everyone’s body is different, and some may experience leakage for a longer period. It’s most likely that you will see a decrease or end to leakage within the first three to six months of pumping or breastfeeding. This may vary depending on:
- How often your baby is breastfeeding or how frequently you are pumping milk. The more often you remove milk from your breasts, the more milk you will produce, which can increase the likelihood of leakage.
- Your individual hormone levels. Hormones such as prolactin and oxytocin play a crucial role in milk production and milk ejection, and each individual's levels will vary.
What can you do to manage milk leakage?
🤍 Use breast pads
Breast pads are designed to absorb milk and prevent leakage from seeping through your clothing. You can find disposable or reusable nursing pads in most baby stores or online.
🤍 Wear a supportive bra
A well-fitting bra can help keep you comfortable while also keeping your breast pads in place properly.
Are you leaking a lot and wondering if you have oversupply? Learn more about the signs of oversupply here.