You can follow these steps to express breast milk by hand. You can place a warm towel on your breasts or gently massage your breasts for a few minutes before you begin to help get the breast milk flowing.
Removing milk should not hurt.
How to get milk out of your breast by hand. If you have decided to stop breastfeeding and your breasts become uncomfortable hand express a small amount of milk out of the breast to relieve the discomfort. Do not pinch or pull your nipple. Similar to a pump or your baby s mouth with hand expression your hand will act as a form of pressure and.
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Get into a comfortable position and try to relax. You may need to move your thumb and fingers further towards or away from the nipple. Just gently knead and massage the skin around both nipples to help your breasts relax and get ready to produce milk.
Avoid sliding your thumb or fingers over the skin of your breast as this won t stimulate the flow of milk and will squeeze the breast tissue inside. Gently press your fingers together and roll them towards the nipple. Give your breasts a massage.
To hand express you use your hand to massage and compress your breast to remove milk. You can feed this expressed milk to your baby if you wish. Take your hand and form a letter c with your fingers and thumb.
Then put your fingers and thumb at the edge of the dark part of your breast areola and press in towards the chest. While it takes practice skill and coordination it gets easier over time. Hand expression is using your hands to massage breast milk out of your breasts.
Pumping at the same times or as often as your baby normally breastfeeds should help your body make about the amount of milk your baby needs. Place your thumb on the top part of your breast and your fingers on the underneath in this c shape your fingers and thumb should be about an inch behind your nipple and just touching the areola the pinkish brown part around your nipple. If you want to prime your breasts for hand expression further you can give your breasts a gentle massage using your hands or a soft towel.
Wash your hands with soap and water.