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Why are breast massage and hand expression important?

Why Are Breast Massage & Hand Expression Important?

Breast massage/compression and hand expression:

  • Help you produce more milk faster
  • Moves milk to baby (better nursing or pumping)
  • Adds fat to your milk and helps to soften your breasts

Use breast massage/compression:

  • 1 minute before breastfeeding or pumping
  • During breastfeeding (if baby is sleepy, this squirts milk to baby so baby stays vigorous)
  • During pumping to keep more milk flowing
  • During engorgement to help soften your breasts

Please call the UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital Lactation Consultant with questions at (563) 557-2837.