Can I collect the milk leaking from one breast while I breastfeed with the other?
Milk that leaks from one breast while mothers breastfeed with the other can be collected in a container placed under the breast. That container may be a cup or a commercial product sold for that purpose or mothers may want to use a constant-suction pump. The milk that leaks during or between feeds can be collected in a breast shell or other container placed inside a bra. Leaked milk may contain less fat than other breast milk, so it should not be fed to very small babies. If it’s collected in a container held inside a bra for extended periods, there’s a greater risk of contamination. That may pose a risk for very premature or sick babies.