(Closed) Go milk yourself :)

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I only hand expressed a couple of times to get very small amounts. I found it more uncomfortable and less effective than pumping.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I can hand express two ounces in ten minutes if I do it in the earlyish morning but I’m a Stay-At-Home Mom so I don’t have any great need to pump. I have heard of people that end a pumping session with five or so minutes of hand expressing.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

avarose:  I only hand expressed at the very beginning to help bring in my milk. A pump would have been useless at that point. However,  there’s no way I’d hand express now. But I have a very good pump and exclusively pump. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

avarose:  OMG that would make your hand so sore.  I guess it would build up forearm muscles?!  Yeah, I’ve really only done it when I’ve had clogged ducts or on a few annoying pump sessions when I couldn’t get a good letdown.  Even doing it 5 minutes makes my hands ache.  I don’t see how that is quicker or easier than (good double electric) pump.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Yeah, I agree that it makes me hand ache.  I tried to do it at work once when I’d left my pump at home and I only got 1-2 oz in about 15 minutes, compared to getting  8-9 oz from my pump in the same time frame.

I have heard hand expression is best for the first 48 hours because colostrum is so sticky, and a lot will stick to the insides of the pump–and you have so little at the beginning it is wasted in the pump.  So hand expressing onto a spoon or something is the best (according to my LC).  But I just had my second baby 11 days ago and I still couldn’t get the hang of hand expression (it was hurting and not working), so the LC came in and actually did it for me (awkward) and expressed a few MLs.

 

I guess it’s a skill you can practice and get better at, but I just prefer to pump if I have to do something other than Boyfriend or Best Friend.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

My EBF daughter is 9 months, and I’ve never hand expressed. A double electric pump with a hands-free bra (I cut up an old sports bra) is the easiest way to do it. I also have a manual pump for those times when electric isn’t the best option (we’ve travelled a few times, and I’ve been able to pump on a bus and plane.) The pump is quicker, as you’re done in half the time. I’ve always gotten more when I use my manual vs electric pump (and I’ve heard hand expression can give more milk), but if you’re pumping for future use, I think hand expression would get old really fast.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

rebwana:  Smart idea cutting up the sports bra instead of buying a pumping bra! 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

capitalbee:  It might not work as well for pumping in an office setting, but it’s been perfect for me to pump at home.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

capitalbee:  rebwana:  Agreed, would not recommend if you have to pump at work   Then you basically have to remove clothing to pump.  With a hands free zip-up pumping bra there is no removal of clothing.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

kes18:  Fortunately I’m in Canada and with a year’s mat leave I probably won’t have to pump at work!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

avarose:  I actually had good results with hand expressing but only after a hot shower and/or when my breast were engorged (like first thing in the morning after my son had slept a longer stretch than normal, for example). After the initial let-down I could get the milk to spray (ha!) into a cup and get several ounces pretty quickly. I would not have wanted to rely solely on hand expressing, though. The pump is much more efficient and a lot less work!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I work full time and have been pumping at work and often at home since my daughter was 12 weeks.  She’s almost one now.  So lots of pumping.  There have been times I’ve had trouble letting down for the pump and have hand expressed but literally it took forever to get an ounce when I knew there was much more in there.  It hurts your hand and it’s messy.  Milk sprays in all directions, not just straight and it’s hard to angle perfectly into a container.  I do hand express at the end of a pumping session to empty things out completely but only get another half ounce or so.

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