Expressing Breast-Milk: A Guide on When and How to Express Breast-Milk:

Expressing the breast-milk is taking out the milk from the breast by not feeding but by yourselves.

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Why and When you have to express the breast-milk?

1.If the breast is full of milk and the baby refuses to feed.

2.if you are not going to be with the baby for some hours and the baby needs mother milk.

3.If the baby feeds only on one side of the breast and you have to empty the other side.

So How can you Express the breast milk?

There are two ways of expressing the breatmilk.

  1. Ancient Way
  2. Modern Way

Ancient way of expressing breast milk is Hand Pressing by yourself. You have to press the breast from top to the part of areola to take out the milk. This is little painful procedure and you can take help of your mother or spouse or someone you are comfortable with. This procedure empties the breast thoroughly. And it is of no costs.

Things to remember:

1.Wash your hand with warm soapy water before expressing the milk.

2. Wash the cup or bottle with warm soapy water and well sterilize it before filling it with milk.

Modern way of expressing the milk is using a breast pump which is available in all Baby-Care Brands nowadays. It is easy and little painless procedure when compared to hand-pressing. But the milk wont be expressed thoroughly as of in hand pressing which is because the pump covers only the areola and nipple part. For that you have to take a warm towel and place your breast and massage a little before breast pumping as this will help the milk to flow downwards.

Things to remember:

  1. Wash the breast pump with warm soapy water and sterilize it thoroughly before expressing milk.
  2. Wash the cup or bottle with warm soapy water and well sterilize it before filling it with milk.

So, this is all about When and How to Express Breast milk. I hope this post was helpful for you.

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