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Hand expressing

Hand expressing can be useful for a number of reasons:

  • When your milk changes, you may feel engorged and uncomfortable. Your breasts may feel hard and your baby may struggle to attach. Hand expressing a small amount of milk may soften the breast and help your baby to attach
  • Sometimes babies can be reluctant to feed, and hand expressing some milk may encourage them.
  • If you needed to be separated from your baby when the colostrum is being produced, the amounts are so small you would lose it in a pump. Hand expressing means the colostrum can be collected in a syringe and given to your baby.
  • Please look at this video for a clip showing you how to hand express.
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This page was last reviewed on 03-11-2021

This page will be next reviewed on 03-11-2024