Learning to express your chest with your hands
Each breastfeeding mother at some point in her career feels the need to express milk. Of course, it is easier for us than for our mothers and grandmothers, whom Soviet punitive pediatrics forced them to squeeze dry after each feeding. Today, there is enough information about the correct organization of breastfeeding, which does not need routine expressing. And, nevertheless, sometimes knowing how to express your breasts can be of great benefit.
Expressing milk from the breast can be of two kinds: for the sake of the breast or for the sake of milk.
Expressions for the sake of the breast are needed in the event that the supply (production) of milk exceeds demand (baby’s needs). Milk comes in, but nobody sucks. Perhaps the mother at work or breastfeeding is over. For prophylaxis of mastitis, it is necessary to express without fanaticism, only when there is discomfort (densification), only before the disappearance of this discomfort. We must not forget that milk will come as much as was spent.
It is also possible to support lactation. If there is no one to consume milk, its quantity will steadily decrease. Expressing breast milk by hand can instead of sucking or parallel to it, if the baby sucks ineffectively. The demand-supply rule here works the same way. The more often and more abundantly you express – the more milk will be produced again.
Expressions for the sake of milk pursue one goal – the receipt of a food product. They are needed when the demand (baby) is, and the offer (mom and her breasts) is absent. Again, my mother at work is expressed for relief, but the baby is left at home and wants to eat. So, he needs to leave the food, which is to be extracted first.
This stage can be skipped if the purpose of manipulation is to avoid stagnation, because this pumping is performed on the tide, when the breast is bursting from the milk, and it begins to flow from the first touch.
Exception: if lactostasis already exists, and it is difficult to strain it. In this case, before decanting, you need to mend the mammary gland for 15 minutes with neat circular motions-rubbing with the tips of 4 fingers.
Massage of the breast before decanting milk (Click to enlarge)
In other cases, you should first call a tide. There are many ways for this, but for each specific woman, some of them will work perfectly, while others will be completely useless:
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