Resolving Challenges When Expressing Your Milk

If you have difficulty expressing your milk, don't panic. This does not necessarily mean your milk supply is low. Some of the following tips may help you:

  • Relax. For about 5 minutes before beginning to express, sit or lie in a comfortable, quiet place and close your eyes. Take several slow, deep breaths for the first few minutes. When you feel yourself relaxing, picture in your mind either your baby breastfeeding well at your breast or your milk flowing freely from your breasts as you express.
  • Get into a "pumping routine" by always pumping in the same location(s), and keep a picture of your baby, or one of her toys or blankets to look at while you pump.
  • Try putting warm compresses on your breasts for a few minutes before expressing.
  • Massaging, stroking, and gently shaking your breasts can help your milk let down before and between episodes of expressing.
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