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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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South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-5 years called ChatHealth. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a health visitor within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the service reopens.

  • Warwickshire Health Visiting Service:


    07520 615293
  • For contact phone numbers navigate to:

    the services tab then 'Your health visiting service'.

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.