Leaking boobs? Totally normal, and all part of the fun.
If your breasts are leaking it's probably a good sign. You're making plenty of milk, and your body and baby are trying to sync up their magical 'supply and demand' agreement for the long term.
In the meantime, let's talk about how long you can expect boob leakage to last, what you can do to minimise the inconvenience and how you can get the stains out of your clothes.
First of all, don't panic. Your days of breast pads, soggy clothes and sour milk stained sheets will be short. Usually your body and baby will find their rhythm within 6-10 weeks and the leakage will pretty much stop. You might get the occasional leak here and there, but it will become novel not normal.
Your breasts might leak for a variety of reasons - or possibly not at all. Either way, it's completely normal.
Your 'let down' reflex, that triggers your milk to flow, can be triggered by:
- Your breasts being very full
- Nursing on one side (while you leak on the other!)
- Hearing your baby cry
- Thinking about or doting on your baby
- Having sex or an orgasm
If you're leaking like crazy you should probably get your hands on some breast pads. You can buy reusable washable breast pads, or disposable ones. It's worth giving them a shot to save some clothes and some embarrassment - but to a certain extent you just have to accept that you will be a bit of a milky mess for awhile.
It's no big deal, just part of the crazy messiness of those newborn days.
If you leak onto your favourite clothes (that you somehow still fit into so soon after giving birth), you should treat the stain as a 'protein' stain. So, the laundry program is the same as for blood, poop and spit up.
Soak it in plain, cold water first (never hot, this will set the stain) - then add an enzyme detergent. The enzymes will digest the protein. Then just wash and launder as usual.