The need to express milk may become necessary to stimulate your supply; for a nursery baby; if your nipples become too sore to feed; or if milk is required for storage. Expressing may be performed manually, with a manual pump or, if you are intending to express over a prolonged period of time, an electric pump. A double electric pump is the best option and ten minutes of expressing usually produces a good volume of milk, the majority of that being removed during the first five minutes. If using a single pump express in four sets of five minutes each as you alternate sides.
Breast milk can be stored in the body of the refrigerator for a few days and in the freezer for a few months. To prepare for feeding thaw the milk in the refrigerator or stand the required amount in a container of warm water - never use the microwave.
Tips for manual expressing:
It may take a minute or so to stimulate milk ejection. Milk only flows easily during milk ejections which occur at about three minutely intervals so expect your flow to stop and start over a period of time.
If using a pump it is best to finish off with some manual expressing to fully drain the breast.
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