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    Has anyone ever had a problem with leaking milk from the bottom of the flanges when pumping? I end up lossing a lot of milk which frustrates me and then I end up pumping less too. Any advice?

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    Default Re: Leaking from bottom of th flanges

    doesn't it go right into the bottle then? Maybe i'm picturing it wrong....
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    Default Re: Leaking from bottom of th flanges

    I'm wondering the same thing. Can you please give us a better explanation??
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    Default Re: Leaking from bottom of th flanges

    Do you perhaps mean you're seeing milk leak out from the bottom of the breast shield, where the pump contacts with the skin? If so, a different shield may help, or you could try bending over when you pump so that your breasts are pointed down at the floor.
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    Default Re: Leaking from bottom of th flanges

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    Do you perhaps mean you're seeing milk leak out from the bottom of the breast shield, where the pump contacts with the skin? If so, a different shield may help, or you could try bending over when you pump so that your breasts are pointed down at the floor.
    if this is it, maybe try the larger sized shields or the more molded one...I think called personal fit or something like that, they have a tad more give to them.
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    Default Re: Leaking from bottom of th flanges

    I had this issue with my freestyle. The flanges have a little gap on the tube connecting side, and if i tilt wrong, milk may sometimes drip out. I haven't really found a solution for it, other than using better posture.
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    Default Re: Leaking from bottom of th flanges

    I'm also thinking smaller flanges would help - or a better hands-free set-up - if you're leaking, I can't imagine you're getting a good seal, you know?


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    Default Re: Leaking from bottom of th flanges

    Yes, I mean milk drips out under the flange. I needed to go up in size and the larger flanges are only hrd plastic. The flange size doesn't change when you go up in size, just the diasmeter of where the nipple enters the flange.

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    Default Re: Leaking from bottom of th flanges

    I'm still thinking that a more secure hands-free setup would help you. A very snug hands-free bustier would push the flanges down onto your breasts and create a better seal. I also had to lean forward slightly while pumping, because otherwise I would sometimes get a small gap under the flange like what you are describing, and milk would drip out. I think that is normal, but definitely having a secure hands-free bra really, really helps to keep those flanges in place.


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