Leaky Boobs?! How to Handle Breast Leaking During the Fourth Trimester

Trust me, I know how annoying leaky boobs can be! In this blog post we’ll outline what causes leaky boobs, and look at how to handle them.

When you first start breastfeeding, your body doesn’t know exactly what your baby needs. It spends the first 6-8 weeks figuring out your baby’s exact requirements and if you’re feeding on demand and not against a schedule then your body will be more efficient in figuring out how much milk to make.

The first 6-8 weeks is when you may experience breast leakage, and why is this? Well, because your body is looking for the signs that milk is needed. So you could hear a baby cry, and your breasts could suddenly say ‘oh that’s my cue!’ and release the milk!!!’...You’ll be fascinated to know that I have a friend who’s milk let down was triggered by a bird squawking!

At around 6-8 weeks your breastfeeding should become established, and this is when your breasts will feel suddenly empty. Truth is - they’re not empty, they will have just cracked what’s needed and will stop releasing milk unless your baby suckles or you hand express.

So here are some tips on how to handle leakage!

  1. Wear breast pads in your bra for the first few weeks. The pads will absorb the excess milk.
  2. Wear collection shells - I love these! They sit on your nipple inside the bra and they just collect the milk as it’s released so you can store it in the fridge or freezer when you get home.

For more information on feeding your baby confidently and understanding your hormones, head over to the ‘Prepare my mind’ section of the butterbean platform. Here, you’ll find expert advice on breastfeeding, formula feeding, and choosing the best options for your body and your baby.

baby breastfeeding and looking at mother

Leaky Boobs?! How to Handle Breast Leaking During the Fourth Trimester

baby breastfeeding and looking at mother

Trust me, I know how annoying leaky boobs can be! In this blog post we’ll outline what causes leaky boobs, and look at how to handle them.

When you first start breastfeeding, your body doesn’t know exactly what your baby needs. It spends the first 6-8 weeks figuring out your baby’s exact requirements and if you’re feeding on demand and not against a schedule then your body will be more efficient in figuring out how much milk to make.

The first 6-8 weeks is when you may experience breast leakage, and why is this? Well, because your body is looking for the signs that milk is needed. So you could hear a baby cry, and your breasts could suddenly say ‘oh that’s my cue!’ and release the milk!!!’...You’ll be fascinated to know that I have a friend who’s milk let down was triggered by a bird squawking!

At around 6-8 weeks your breastfeeding should become established, and this is when your breasts will feel suddenly empty. Truth is - they’re not empty, they will have just cracked what’s needed and will stop releasing milk unless your baby suckles or you hand express.

So here are some tips on how to handle leakage!

  1. Wear breast pads in your bra for the first few weeks. The pads will absorb the excess milk.
  2. Wear collection shells - I love these! They sit on your nipple inside the bra and they just collect the milk as it’s released so you can store it in the fridge or freezer when you get home.

For more information on feeding your baby confidently and understanding your hormones, head over to the ‘Prepare my mind’ section of the butterbean platform. Here, you’ll find expert advice on breastfeeding, formula feeding, and choosing the best options for your body and your baby.