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January 28th, 2013, 10:20 PM
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Sorry if this is TMI, but when I was changing for bed tonight I noticed my boobs suddenly looked a lot different. I'm large chested to begin with (38 E) and have managed to keep the same bras since getting pregnant, however they are starting to not fit well anymore and I'm being cheap and lazy (I'm 2 hrs from a store with bras!) so I haven't replaced them yet. It was livable.

Tonight though, My boobs looked really heavy, more round and full. I was just examining them, I still do monthly self checks even though I'm sure anything I'd find would be nothing just because of pregnancy, and my nipple started dripping liquid! I've never had any kind of nipple discharge before, and I'm sure it's nothing to worry about, but I'd feel a lot better if I knew some of you were experiencing the same thing! Is there anything I need to do/worry about... will they start leaking on their own? Will I eventually need breastpads? gah.. I was expecting this a lot later on... not just past the half way mark!
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January 28th, 2013, 10:29 PM
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My boobs are small, but I have been experiencing leaking nipples since the end of week 23/beginning of week 24. I wasn't expecting it until much later, either, but after Googling a lot, it's apparently normal for some people and nothing to worry about (other than it being really freaking annoying). Mine leak on their own, usually mostly at night right before bed and early in the morning when I wake up. I've started keeping a bra on while I sleep, which seems to not let them leak as much. Hope that helps!
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January 28th, 2013, 10:37 PM
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Thanks! It's after midnight here, so I'm officially 24 weeks now! I will be on the hunt for some new bras soon I'z thinks!
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January 29th, 2013, 03:14 AM
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yeah I leaked like crazy with my son, my shirt would be drenched unless I wore a bra. I am surprised I haven't started leaking with this one yet.
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January 29th, 2013, 07:55 AM
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I'm also pretty small chested but my boobs have been leaky for weeks and weeks now. They don't leak on their own, fortunately, but if I squeeze just a little, liquid comes out. This actually happened to me when I was about 16, too (I was not pregnant)... I suspect then it was due to birth control. But at the time it was terrifying.
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January 29th, 2013, 09:36 AM
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It has not happened to me yet, but I remember it starting early when I was pregnant with my son. From what I have heard and read it is completely normal
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January 29th, 2013, 10:08 AM
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Mine leak too. My ob suggested using a panty liner cut in half to line my bras if i start leaking to much. The nursing pads are.expensive so i try to not use them till needed. She also said (yes its kinda weird but it works) when taking a.shower give your nipples a little squeeze and get the little bit of liquid out, it really releaves any pressure and usually gives me some releif from being sore and itchy.
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January 29th, 2013, 10:28 AM
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Well if that sounds weird then this is bound to sound even weirder, but I'm very jealous! I just had such supply issues with DS and want to BF this time so badly that if I already was having leaky boobs I'd be so psyched! I agree this is totally normal for some women to experience tho.
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January 29th, 2013, 10:38 AM
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Well if that sounds weird then this is bound to sound even weirder, but I'm very jealous! I just had such supply issues with DS and want to BF this time so badly that if I already was having leaky boobs I'd be so psyched! I agree this is totally normal for some women to experience tho.
did/will you try using an electric pump??
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January 29th, 2013, 12:32 PM
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I tried pumping and wouldnt ever get anything out. I would combine two days worth of pumping to only get about 2 oz for a portion of a feeding. It was so frustrating.
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January 29th, 2013, 02:11 PM
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Bummer, Memi! I hope you have success the second time around. I highly recommend making an appointment with a lactation consultant as soon as baby is born to help you. I found it really helpful!
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January 29th, 2013, 06:22 PM
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Does leaking have a direct correlation with not having supply problems when baby is born? That is something that has been on my mind as I really want breastfeeding to work out for us
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January 29th, 2013, 07:30 PM
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Bummer, Memi! I hope you have success the second time around. I highly recommend making an appointment with a lactation consultant as soon as baby is born to help you. I found it really helpful!
Well...TBH the lactation consultant in the hospital is the one who convinced me to supplement "just one feeding" for DS with a bottle to give myself a break. And that caused DS to never latch on again. Once he got the fast easy flow of milk from a bottle he wasn't going back. Disaster! I just had awful luck But thank you so much! I hope to have much much much more success this time around
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January 30th, 2013, 05:21 AM
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did/will you try using an electric pump??
Pumps harm more than help with the supply. I had supply issues too with DD. Well, to start with my milk did not come in til 3-4 days later so I took the lactation consultant's suggestion (bad idea!) and tried pumping. Did harm more than good in my case.

But after my milk came in, I did leak a lot if I was not pumping on a specific time (body gets used to a routine and sets a pumping/feeding schedule)
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