Why some mothers will need to express milk

Some mothers will find breastfeeding easier if they also express some of their breast milk, especially if they have to spend some time away from their child.

You may need to consider expressing breast milk if…

  • Your breasts become too full and you begin to feel some discomfort or pain.
  • You need to be away from your child for an extended period of time.
  • Your baby is born premature and is too small or sick to breastfeed.
  • You need to help your child attach to a full breast.

There are a number of ways you can express milk, you can…

  • Express milk manually.
  • Use a hand pump.
  • Use an electric pump.

Each method of expressing breast milk has it’s pros’ and con’s. It may depend on your specific situation to determine your preferred method of expressing breast milk. For example, you may find that manual expressing will only give you a small amount of milk, whereas an electric breast pump will give you more milk and faster, but on the other hand, an electric breast pump may cause discomfort and a degree of pain from excessive suction on the nipple. Each situation is different from individual to individual.

Before buying a breast pump, be it a manual or electric, it is a good idea to talk to your midwife or a lactation consultant about expressing milk with a breast pump,  they may be able to share with you their preferred types and brands of breast pump that they know to perform best.


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