How to Be a Happy Breastfeeder
The secrets to breastfeeding bliss
The bummer: “Help, my breasts are leaking so much I think I need a plumber!”
The fix: Lara Coffee, a Burke, Virginia, first-time mom, couldn’t believe how often she found herself with a wet shirt. “I leaked all the time!” she says. “I should have bought stock in breast pads.” Those trusty pads do double duty: along with protecting your nipples, they keep your dry-cleaning budget in check. “I started wearing them two weeks before I delivered and wore them for 8 1/2 months after I delivered,” confides Coffee, who blogs at The Style. She recommends a disposable brand. “I liked the disposables; the reusable ones were way too much for a tired working mom.” She also recommends applying a chafing cream to your breasts before putting the pads on.
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