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Breastfeeding

Revised: Wednesday October 29 2014

Six Weeks to Six Months

Expressing/pumping breast milk

Expressing breast milk by hand

  1. Remove any restrictive clothing/bra.
  2. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  3. Get a clean container with a wide opening to collect the expressed milk.
  4. Choose an environment that is comfortable and which has minimum distractions.
  5. Apply warmth and gently massage your breasts before hand expressing to encourage your breast milk to flow.
  6. Expressing breast milk by hand
    Expressing breast milk by hand
    Expressing breast milk by hand
    6. Gently lift your breast positioning your thumb on top of your breast and first two fingers underneath, about 1 to 1 ½ inches (2 ½ to 4 cm) back from the nipple 7. Press back towards your chest wall then compress 8. Relax

    9. Repeat, moving thumb and finders around the breast; position, press back towards your chest, compress and relax

    10. When milk flow slows, switch to the other breast and repeat sequence of position, press back, compress and relax

Incorrect positions
Expressing breast milk by hand
Expressing breast milk by hand
Expressing breast milk by hand

Hand expressing breast milk (pdf iconPDF file, 292KB)

When first learning to hand express, you may only get a few drops of breast milk. Practice and experience will increase the flow and determine how long you need to express at one time. You may find it easier to express in the morning, when your breasts feel fullest, or right after breastfeeding. See Storing breast milk and Thawing frozen breast milk for information on breast milk storage and usage.



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