Hand expressing is using your hands to compress your breast rhythmically to express milk into a sterile container. Hand expressing milk is a great alternative to using an electric or manual breast pump. It helps encourage the flow of milk from a specific part of your breast. This technique can be particularly useful if there is a blockage in any of your milk ducts. To express milk using the Marmet technique, first wash your hands and grab a sterile bowl. Then follow these steps:. There should be about 1 to 1. Your fingers will be above the reservoirs of milk.
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Breast massage can be beneficial for mothers experiencing breast engorgement, plugged ducts, mastitis and even chronic breast pain. We encourage mothers to use the general principles at home, alternating hand expression and gentle breast massage to help decrease swelling and improve breast drainage. Witt or one of our lactation consultants. Maya teaches the techniques at workshops and conferences nationally and internationally.
It is simple to implement and can provide you and your baby with various benefits. Our lactation consultants are available to assist you with this useful breastfeeding technique. Breast massage with hand expression is a method to remove milk from the breast. Even though beast pumps are widely used, using your own hands to empty the breast can be helpful for the following:.