Express yourself
Once you get the hang of expressing breast milk, it’s your key to more freedom
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Just like breastfeeding is a challenge at first, not everyone can just pop their breast into a pump and shoot buckets of milk. How to position the pump is something you will learn by trial and error. Take the pump with you to the clinic and get the sister to help you get the best results.

·Always work with extreme care and optimal hygiene when expressing milk.

·Your hands must be thoroughly washed before you start.

·Any utensils such breast pumps or bottles that are used must be sterilised.

·The containers in which the milk is to be stored should also be washed and sterilised.

·Never borrow a breast pump from a friend or buy a secondhand breast pump.

With the very best intentions you will usually only manage to express about one quarter of the quantity that the baby would be able to drink if he were on the breast.

To hand express:

  • Wash your hands.
  • Use a sterilised wide neck bottle to catch the milk.
  • Gently massage your breast in the direction of the nipple.
  • Support your breast with a cupped hand and gently squeeze the areola between thumb and forefinger.
  • It helps to lean forward slightly.
Warming your breasts with warm water will help milk to flow

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