Breast massage before pumping, hand expressing or nursing increases the
amount of milk you release from your breasts. Breast massage also
helps you relax, resulting in a more spontaneous milk release. Massage
releases more fat into your breast milk as well.
The methods of breast massage are:
Fingertip massage - With two fingers, press lightly into your
breast, making small circles. Start from the back of the breast and
move toward the areola. Cover the whole breast. You can alternate this
method with the parallel hand position.
Parallel hand position - Place one hand above and one below
your breast. With upper hand, gently stroke in a circular motion
towards nipple supporting breast with lower hand. Repeat this using
upper hand for support as lower hand strokes lower portion of breast. Re-position hands again on either side of breasts and repeat gentle
stroking in circular motion - first one hand and then the other. Repeat
until you've covered all parts of the breast. Repeat as needed until