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    Default Nursing in public - how to manage the mess

    At the moment for some reason milk is pouring out of DS's mouth when he's feeding. I know I used to have an oversupply but I thought it had settled down.

    This means even if I use facewashers/a terry flat, when im feeding I end up with the entire front of my shirt & the top of my pants saturated in milk.

    This is a pain at home but manageable, but its meaning that I cant nurse in public unless I take a full change of clothes (or multiple changes if im out for more than one feed). It also means that I cant nurse discretely in public as I have to pull everything up & out of the way (& even then my pants still get saturated).

    Is there any way I can stop this happening or manage it better for when im out & about?

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    Does he seem to be latched properly, with rhythmic sucking and swallowing? I'm trying to figure out why it's pouring out of his mouth.

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    Im using nipple shields if that makes a difference, not sure if they are whats causing it

    If they are, I still need to find a way to manage the mess cause I cant see myself getting off them any time soon, if ever

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    Is he clicking or making popping noises when feeding?

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    Is it possible for you to lean back a bit while you nurse? If it is you could put a towel on your stomach and see if that catches it.

    Also I would check his bottom lip is out when he is attached.

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    The problem is the shields. It leaks down from between the shield and your nipple. If they were completely adhesive this wouldn't be a problem. I've been in your situation until I eventually taught DS how to latch on and weened him from shields. Are you sure you're using the right size shield though as it was never quite this bad for me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tadpoles View Post
    Is it possible for you to lean back a bit while you nurse? If it is you could put a towel on your stomach and see if that catches it.
    This. I used to put a folded facewasher under my breast so that sat across my stomach and caught anything that did leak. Have you tried that?

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    I'll try leaning back, but how do I manage that in public?

    Yes he makes popping/clicking noises sometimes

    He doesnt latch onto the shield properly, just sucks on them like a teat, but I cant get him to latch properly - ive been to feeding clinics & seen ibclc's, he just wont open his mouth. His bottom lip is out but he doesnt take any of my breast into his mouth

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    This happened to me until DS perfected his latch and my supply worked itself out. It was a combo of his latch still not being completely right and him also not latching properly because my flow was too fast for him. I would wedge a spit cloth or small towel under my breast between his arm and my body and it stopped him and myself getting wet. By 8 weeks it stopped when he became better at latching and my supply worked itself out.

    Leaning back helped him cope as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartstringz View Post
    I'll try leaning back, but how do I manage that in public?

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    Sit at the front of the chair and then lean to the back of it. It isn't the greatest posture but that would be how I would lean back in public.

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