Hand Expressing Breastmilk

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”.
He declined*.
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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  1. That’s too funny! I love the comic! I will never forget when my 4 yr old asked if I could make him chocolate milk!

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