There may be times when you need to express your breast milk including in the early days if you are separated from your baby, or if you are trying to increase your milk supply or to relieve engorgement. Later on you might express milk to leave for your baby if you want some time away.
The NHS website has lots of information and tips on expressing milk for your baby by hand or with a pump, how to store, and later give your baby the milk. Here are some tips on bottle feeding a breastfed baby.
Here is some more useful information on a technique called 'hands on' pumping that helps to maximise the milk a woman can produce for her baby.
Mum Teresa is learning how to express milk by hand for newborn Rufus
The local specialist infant feeding teams in Kent and in Medway have some pumps available for women accessing this support. Please contact your local infant feeding team for more information:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07791043190
- Breastfeeding after a c section
- If your baby arrives early or unwell
- How do I get my baby attached and feeding effectively?
- How can I tell if breastfeeding is going well
- Why am I finding it painful?
- Why is my baby feeding all the time?
- Breastfeeding challenges
- Baby blues
- Will I ever sleep again?
- What can partners or others do to help (instead of giving a bottle)
- Expressing milk
Spice and baby Nelly, from Gravesend
''It makes me very proud when I look down at my daughter and see that she is happy and healthy because of me and only me!"