Best Practice for expressing milk long-term – “hands on pumping”
- Have a photo of your baby, so that you can focus on your little one, instead of the machine
- Massage the breast or apply a warm pack
- Hand express to start the flow [See YouTube videos – links below]
- If using a machine pump, apply the well-fitting pump flange, making sure to centre your nipple so it won’t rub against the side. (A mirror can help.)
- When the flow slows or stops, switch sides. You can switch back and forth if your supply is really low
- When no more milk is coming, or 15-20 minutes is up, whichever comes first, stop pumping
- Use your hands to express your breasts for a little bit more
- If you keep the pump set up on the table, you can do a short pumping session anytime you walk by it. That’s called “power pumping” – great stmulation!
- If you have no electric power or your manual pump breaks, you can skip the pumping stages – and just express by hand. With practice you will improve. In many parts of the word pumping machines aren’t marketed as local women can’t afford them and they become good at hand expression.
- You can hand express anywhere, with no need for a power socket. It is a skill worth learning and practising. Practice makes perfect.
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