Sunday, August 07, 2005

Call the plumber

I've sprung a leak. Two actually, one on the left and one on the right. Yup, from the boobies incase you haven't figured it out. It's nothing new, they've been leaking since my son's food source came in but I've grown tired of it. Does it stop? I mean I know the milk will be there as long as I allow but does the leak on demand thing end? I think about J, I leak. I hear J cry, I leak. It gets to be close to one of his usual feeding times, I leak. I stare at them long enough, I leak. The wind blows, I leak. It's getting pretty uncomfortable with my nipples sitting in a soaken tit-pad all day. I rather not wear the pads at all, that is until Pepper came to visit and not-at-all subtle pointed at my boobs laughing as it leaked through my shirt. Thanks Pep.

I went to Motherhood Maternity yesterday to get more nursing gear and as I'm about to try on a bra the flood gates open. So there I am leaning over and creating nice milk puddles on their floor. I didn't want to catch it in my pads because then I have the whole wet pad issue. I couldn't, with a clear concious, put on one of their bras to soak it up because, well that's just gross for the next person and hell if I want to buy a bra that's already soaked in boob milk even if it's my own. I tried to pinch it off, not so smart, the nipple stimulation only encouraged more leakage. Two puddles later, I exit the store...quickly.


Blogger Kira said...

i don't want to make you feel bad - it does get better after about 2 months, but i was still quite a gushing leaky mess for many months afterward.
I wore a lot of wool sweaters - I was lucky... it was mostly winter when I was leaky.
hopefully your let down will let up soon :)

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Nicole said...

So you were the one! I knew those puddles had a suspicious milky sheen.

I ruined many a T-shirt with the leaky boobs. It does go away. For me, it was around 2 months.

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

How long you'll leak for is totally unique to each nursing mother. With this last nursling I leaked well into my 8th or 9th month of nursing. And then once, about a month ago I leaked once again. However, I do have a solution for you. They're called LilyPadz. They're little silicone disks that basically adhere to your breast. They stop the leaking by depressing your nipple. They're fantastic!

10:51 PM  
Blogger RysMomma said...

Mine went away around 2months also. I can suggest those Lily Padz for night time and what not. I personally HATE wearing a bra (although I need to all the time)those worked awesome at night. Also - I went for the cheap 10 pack by gerber reusable bra pads. MUCH cheaper and now they make great coaster for the nightstand!

10:51 PM  
Blogger RysMomma said...

Haha - Carol we were both typing about the lily pads at the same time!

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

LOL Nicole - great minds think alike!

Also Cara -- don't pinch. Press. Press your nipple into your breast and that will stop the milk from letting down & leaking. It sounds like you have a fantastic let-down reflex. That is awesome!

11:09 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Lily Padz helped me too, girl. And I stopped having to wear them about 6 weeks after A was born. And yes, press. Now if I feel a leak coming on all I do is press on 'em and I'm good. Kinda odd to see as I stand in line at Target, but there you go.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

This makes me look forward to motherhood. ( place sarcasm here )I looked at the baby pics, and congrats, you have a beautiful offspring.


12:06 AM  
Blogger KELLI BELLY said...

I only leaked heavily for a few months , then randomly after she went longer in between feedings like when I worked part time at night. I told you through my bra, shirt and Starbucks Apron. THe boys loved it let me tell you! They always had breastfeeding 101 when I was there!.

6:42 AM  
Blogger fuzzypeach said...

lilypadz = good


still leaking (not as much tho @ 10 weeks.

7:42 AM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Wait until your out my yourself and someone else's child cries and you leak. Fun!

7:58 AM  
Blogger pretendingsanity said...

I leaked for quite some time with my first, but it does eventually go away. With the second kid, it's not near as bad.

12:17 PM  
Blogger dakotablueeyes said...


3:39 PM  
Blogger Veronica said...

I was laughing so hard when I was reading this. It reminded me when I tried to breastfeed. I would come out of a hot shower and by the time I was out of the bathroom my night gown would be drenched...I hated those pad thingies too.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Candice said...

I too did the press. After you stop just spraying milk sporadically, when you get down to normal levels, it will be better. Use your wrists to press down. And after a while I just used a washcloth when I was at home, because I got tired of the pads.

5:38 PM  
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5:38 PM  
Blogger debbie said...

the fastest, cheapest way is to press down on the old nipples. if i was in public i would just cross my arms (cross your heart bra-stylee!) and press down with the heels of my hands for a few seconds. unlike the other ladies here, i didn't like the lily padz so much -- too sweaty!

9:59 AM  

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