I don’t recommend it. However, if you find yourself in need…
New Year’s Eve Aellyn stayed with my parents and we had a small get-together. I, of course, forgot to bring my breast pump home from work and woke up on New Year’s Day with rocks for breasts *shudder*. It was either hand express or have DH “help”.
So, here is what worked. I sat cross-legged on the floor and kind of leaned over into a glass (a bowl would be easier since it goes every which way). The leaning over put that additional pressure on the breast as I was all scrunched up. I kind of squeezed the nipple pretty fast to stimulate let down. Once I got some drips of milk I started really “milking” the breast. I used both hands, thumbs on top of the breast and hands wrapped under. Start at the chest and squeeze down toward the nipple. At the nipple I paused until the stream ended. I would do this until I lost let down and then I’d switch breasts. Repeat. I got about 4 oz which helped until baby arrived.
This didn’t hurt my breasts at all (in fact it was a great relief), however, my hands hurt like heck! What a work out! Count your blessings for electric pumps…and don’t forget to bring it home!
*so much for enlightened daddy.
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