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Leaks are most common when your milk first comes in (before your supply has regulated), and during long stretches when you haven’t fed your baby. When baby starts sleeping longer stretches at night, many moms wake up with a soggy pajama shirt.
Almost every mom has a funny story about when it happened to her, but you can avoid leaks by:
- Feeding your baby frequently, before your breasts become overly full
- Wearing nursing pads
- Learning to recognize the let-down feeling so that you can put mild pressure on your nipples with your forearms by crossing your arms over your chest to prevent an embarrassing moment or you can pump or feed your baby immediately
- Keeping an extra shirt at work or in your car
- Carrying a sweater to put on in case of emergency
Many moms will leak less or stop leaking after the first few weeks of breastfeeding.