If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, milk expression by hand is a useful technique to learn. You can also use it to stimulate milk production and provide milk for a baby who is not breastfeeding well or needs more milk. Why hand expression? If you use a pump Practice helps How breasts work Before you start Relax and get comfortable How to hand express Step by step How long will hand expressing take? Wash your hands.
Learn how to hand express breast milk here. CDC's guidelines on storage and preparation of breast milk. Symphony A video on how to assemble and use the pump. Lactina A video on how to assemble and use pump and accessory kit. Elite A video on how to use and clean the pump. Includes breast milk storage guidelines.
Hand expression of breast milk is a great way to get milk out of your breast without using a breast pump. It can be especially helpful with breast stimulation after birth, engorgement relief, increasing milk supply, and getting your baby interested in latching. In the video below, Sarah Trinajstich provides a visual demonstration of how to perform hand expression of breast milk. Massage your breast in a circular motion, working your way all the way around your breast. If needed, hold your breast with your opposite hand for easy access to your areola and nipple.
The Marmet Technique is the most widely used form of hand expression. Developed by Chele Marmet of the Lactation Institute, the technique was designed for long term expressing. This is the most cost effective way to express milk. You only need your hands and a clean container.