There are many reasons why a mother may need to express breast milk some reasons for expressing breast milk are as follows;
- Increasing breastmilk supply
- Painful or difficulty with latching
- Prolonged separation from baby
Expressing breastmilk can be done using hand expression or mechanical pump. Hand expression can provide good results if the technique is done correctly. Hand expression takes time to learn however it requires less equipment, no cost and can be done at anytime as needed.
It is important to note, excessive mechanical pumping after delivery can produce an oversupply or abundant milk supply for baby therefore consult your nurse for more information on expressing breastmilk.
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