Top Tips for Expressing

When you find out you’re expecting your first baby, it can be a really daunting time, with an endless amount of information and advice to read up on, from getting through pregnancy, what to include in your birth plan through to taking your baby home and getting to grips with breastfeeding and expressing. We’ve found that the age old phrase, ‘Mum knows Best’ still applies today and a lot of the time, the best tips come from mums who have experienced breastfeeding first hand.

So in today’s post we thought we would bring you some top tips on expressing from our wonderful community of Medela Mums…
Top Tips for Expressing

When you find out you’re expecting your first baby, it can be a really daunting time, with an endless amount of information and advice to read up on, from getting through pregnancy, what to include in your birth plan through to taking your baby home and getting to grips with breastfeeding and expressing. We’ve found that the age old phrase, ‘Mum knows Best’ still applies today and a lot of the time, the best tips come from mums who have experienced breastfeeding first hand.

So in today’s post we thought we would bring you some top tips on expressing from our wonderful community of Medela Mums…

 

  • Get a good pump, just stopped feeding my 18month old and couldn’t fault my electric Medela Swing.
    – Carrie Kilmore
  • Relax into it! If you’re worrying about not getting enough then it won’t help your flow…just relax with a nice cup of tea (if that’s possible!)
    – Victoria Turnock
  • Try to forget about all the jobs that need doing, relax and think about your baby or look at them if they are close by. You’ll be amazed how it affects the flow of milk.
    Definitely invest in a decent electric pump with a good ‘let-down’ before the expressing cycle begins.
    – Natasha Dukes
  • Express at the same time each day. As your body gets used to you demanding the milk at the same time each day you will steadily get more milk when you express at that time than if you fluctuate expressing.
    – Holly ‘Red’ Herring
  • Relax, have water beside you and if it’s a long term thing get a hands free bra. A sports bra with slits cut in also works.
    – Samantha Mackie
  • If you have the co-ordination then express on one side while you feed on the other, best way to get maximum amount of milk!
    – Hannah Charles
  • Don’t forget to label the bottles or bags so you remember how long you have left to use them, nothing worse than forgetting and having to throw your gold (your boobs worked hard to produce that!) away because it might have been 7 days old not 4!
    – New Mum in London
  • Double pump makes for quicker expressing. Plus watch videos or look at pictures of your baby whilst expressing, milk comes in quicker.
    – Clare Hollingworth
  • Don’t worry about how much you express, no matter how small or big, relax whilst expressing as I found worrying made it more difficult. Also find a pump you find comfortable and definitely have a drink to hand. It’s thirsty work.
    – Daniella Ciarciaglini
  • Definitely invest in a Medela electric pump and if possible a double breast pump if you are solely expressing. Express regularly every 2-3 hrs and once at night between 12-6 until you are past 12 weeks. No one told me and at 12 weeks after expressing when I could, production changed from hormonal to supply and demand so my milk supply dropped dramatically. I then spent the next 2-3 weeks pulling my hair out working really hard to get my supply back where I wanted it to be.
    – Nicola Jade Kenny
  • Breast compressions if you are impatient like me!
    – Abbey Kittrick
  • Express in a morning while feeding and use a Medela electric breast pump.
    – Becky Robinson
  • Start feeding from one breast to encourage let-down before expressing and then switch baby to the other breast while you pump. Ensure that the shield is wet before expressing as this helps the suction. Massage your breast before and while pumping and most importantly be patient.
    – Lisa Bryant
  • Rugby Ball hold with baby on one boob, pump from the other, cushions and practice needed.”
    – Laura Fox