7 Things You Didn’t Know About Expressing Breastmilk

  1. Did you know that expressing breastmilk helps solve a number of common breastfeeding problems that can affect breastfeeding mums and their babies?  Find out more about these common breastfeeding ailments and how pumping breastmilk can help.
     
  2. Breastfeeding and expressing breastmilk can both be done as part of your breastfeeding routine. Some mums opt for this approach so someone else, like their partner, can feed their baby. However there are lots of reasons to express breastmilk. One mum suggests, ‘try pumping on one breast while your baby feeds on the other. The baby will trigger the milk ejection reflex, and you’ll be able to express milk from the other breast more easily.

  3. Some mums chose to exclusively express their breastmilk. As Stephanie Casemore explains in her book, Exclusively Pumping Breast Milk, “Switching to exclusively pumping from breast feeding is often done because you are completely overwhelmed trying to establish breastfeeding, experiencing difficulties such as a poor latch and ineffective milk transfer.” 

  4. Learn all about your breastmilk. You might know a little of what is in your wonderful breastmilk, however learn more by reading all about your breastmilk.

  5. Did you know that it is possible for a woman to express breastmilk for a baby she did not give birth to? This process is known as induced lactation read more in the article about breastfeeding a surrogate or adopted baby

  6. Check out this list of expressing top tips that could to help you improve your breast pumping sessions and expressing efficiency.

  7. Did you know that there is a wide variety of support available for breastfeeding mothers. From telephone support, online and face to face here is a great list of breastfeeding support

 

Sources:

Stephanie Casemore, Exclusively Pumping Breast Milk (2014)