Breastmillk Hand Expression
The term ‘Hand expression’ means using one’s hands to obtain the milk.
‘Hand expression should be in every lactatingimagesCAQB0HE0 woman’s repertory of skills. A woman can forget the hand or personal pump at home, or a power failure may render her electric pump useless, but hands are always readily available. Contrary to popular belief that hand expression is time consuming ‘it is a skill that simply needs to be acquired. Hand expression costs nothing and is a skill that can be mastered with only a little practice’…. (Breastfeeding the Newborn. Biancuzzo)
Hand Expression: Is a workable option for almost every mother that is learning how to remove breast milk from her breast for different reasons, since it provides a mother with a way to relieve fullness or express her milk for her baby in any situation; some mothers prefer hand expression to using a pump because it feels more natural.
The feel of skin to skin may be more effective at stimulating a let-down or milk ejection reflex for some mothers than the feel of a plastic pump flange.
Once the technique is mastered, hand expression is convenient – nothing to purchase, wear out, break down, wash, store or transport. Once a mother acquires practice, hand expression can be quick and highly effective.
(The Breastfeeding Answer Book. LLLI)
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