You might have decided to express milk for your baby but are unsure which method is right for you. There are plenty of reasons why, if you choose to do it, expressing milk is a useful skill to have for your new baby. It can help in medical situations that mean your baby or you is struggling to breastfeed Becker et al,
Many women hand express milk to reduce engorgement,  prevent let down, and save milk for later use. For some women, hand expression can be a more comfortable alternative to breast pumps. The process can be done anywhere, and without special tools or devices.
Jane Morton at Stanford University, is a simple and effective way to produce more milk when you pump. Morton discovered this while investigating ways that moms of preemies could produce more milk — a critical question when it comes to fragile, premature babies who depend on mother's milk for both food and life-saving protection. The difference in milk production was notable even at eight weeks after birth, when moms who used hands-on pumping were making plenty of milk for their babies.
If you're a breastfeeding mom, you probably think of your electric breast pump as your lifesaver, but sometimes expressing milk by hand is the best or only option. It takes more than just squeezing your breast to empty the milk efficiently without hurting yourself. Practice proper hand expression to comfortably empty your breasts without a pump.
Francie Webb is a doula who wants you to know the solution is in your own hands. Express It! The cover of the book, set against a solid red background, shows Webb, smirking with bright pink lipstick, gazing right at the reader through blue-framed glasses, pearls around her neck, cupping her breasts through her teal dress with both hands.
The hand expression of breast milk, also called manual expression, is a technique where you use your hands instead of your baby or a breast pump to get the breast milk out of your breasts. You may wonder why anyone would want to express their breast milk by hand when they could use a breast pump. While most women will use a breast pump, especially if they need to pump very often, hand expression is still a valuable skill to learn.
Hand expression is a valuable skill for breastfeeding moms. It takes a little practice but once learned, you may prefer it over using a pump. It is simple, no equipment required!
Lately I have tried to pump, but I am just not getting much milk at all. Sometimes I still feel full. I was listening to Dianne and Abby talk about hand expression on the podcast this week. It sounds like it may be really helpful for you.
Omega Pediatrics has a lactation program with classes on Thursday evenings for new parents as well as mothers to be. The class is delivered by a provider train in lactation. She is bilingual and works with mothers of diverse cultures.