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Leaking milk
By Jo-Anne Lawless, HCA, LC

Jo-Anne LawlessQ. My baby is 11 weeks old and is breastfeeding. She is doing really well with it, and I am enjoying it too except that I leak milk every time my milk lets down. Also if I am nursing on one side, the other side leaks the whole time. I am starting to get frustrated, and I am going through a box of nursing pads a day so it is not real cost effctive. Any suggestions?

A. This aspect of nursing is sometimes annoying, but reassuring at the same time; you know you're making plenty of milk. You can buy cloth pads, or make some out of cloth diapers. They're very effective and actually better to use because they're a natural material. When you're just home alone nursing, hold a towel or a receiving blanket under the leaking breast to save on pads when it isn't necessary to use them. This will save you a lot of money, since you can wash and reuse them over and over. Eventually, the leaking will slow down.

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