The hand expression of breast milk, also called manual expression, is a technique where you use your hands instead of your baby or a breast pump to get the breast milk out of your breasts. Why the Hand Expression Technique Is Useful You may wonder why anyone would want to express their breast milk by hand when they could use a breast pump. While most women will use a breast pump, especially if they need to pump very often, hand expression is still a valuable skill to learn. This technique comes in handy when: Your breasts become full and uncomfortable while you're away from your baby, and you don't have your breast pump with you.
Hand expressing your breastmilk
Breastbowl for hand expression of breast milk – breastbowl
It takes a little practice but once learned, you may prefer it over using a pump. It is simple, no equipment required! Watch this video, then scroll down to learn more. Hand expression can be useful: There is another simple way to soften the breast.
Newborn Nursery at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Position your hand on your breast, with the thumb above and fingers underneath, about an inch to an inch-and-a-half behind the nipple. Instead, your thumb and fingers should be directly across the nipple from each other. Press your thumb and fingers directly back into the breast tissue, towards the wall of your chest.
It can relieve breast fullness, stimulate milk production, and provide milk for your baby. Getting Ready First wash your hands well. Find a clean collection container with a wide mouth, like a cup. Or, you can express your milk into a spoon and feed it directly to the baby. Whenever possible, plan to express in a private, comfortable place where you can relax.