Breastfeeding is full of amazing benefits, both for you and your baby. But despite all of the positives, there are some things about breastfeeding that can get pretty annoying — namely, leaking. There's nothing worse than being out and realizing you have two growing wet marks by your nipples. It's even worse when you wake up in a puddle of your own milk and begin to question everything about breastfeeding. Luckily, leaking doesn't last forever and learning how to stop your breasts from leaking can give you a head start on your body's natural process as your supply regulates.
Before you can learn how to stop leaking, you need to know why it happens in the first place (if it happes to you at all). According to La Leche League International (LLLI,) leaking is most common during the early months of breastfeeding while your supply is regulating. It occurs as the result of overly full breasts or your letdown reflex happening when you didn't intend it to (like when you hear a crying baby in the supermarket and your boobs inexplicably start leaking milk.)
It can be frustrating to deal with boobs that seem to leak at random times, but the good news is that leakage gets better with time. Arming yourself with a few tips on how to minimize leakage from the get-go can work wonders for regulating your supply and keeping the "leaky" period of time as short as possible.