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Expressing milk

There may come a time when you may wish to express if:

  • Baby is poorly or in our Neonatal Unit
  • You have engorgement, blocked ducts, mastitis
  • You want to encourage baby to feed in the first few days
  • You need to give as a top up
  • You're going back to work

It is advised to hand express in the first few days whilst you are producing colostrum. When your full milk has come in you can use a pump as well as some hand expressing.

There are pump loan schemes in the community please speak to your midwife or health visitor for details.

Anatomy Of The Breast illustration