Expressing is a great option for mums. Here’s why...
- Convenience... breastfeeding can be time-consuming and exhausting. In an ideal world all mums would have time to breastfeed, but this is not the case. Expressing makes it easy to have milk ready when your little one gets hungry
- Trouble feeding? may be your baby is having difficulty latching or breastfeeding is simply uncomfortable for you. You can overcome these frustrations by expressing your milk
- Getting others involved in feeding... expressing allows your loved ones to experience the closeness of feeding baby. Why not let dad feel more involved by getting him to do the night feed… great for dad and baby bonding and mum get a well-deserved break!
- Breastfeed in public... not all mums feel comfortable breastfeeding in public. When you’re out and about, simply take a bottle of expressed milk for when baby gets hungry. Problem solved!
- Helps boost milk production... milk production is all about supply and demand. Expressing between feedings and pumping both breasts simultaneously are two great ways of increasing your milk supply to keep baby satisfied
- Help decrease “fullness” in your breasts... as your body adjusts to milk production you may, from time to time, feel a bit uncomfortable. Expressing is a great way to relieve your discomfort in between feeds
- Mum can return to work... coordinating breastfeeding with work can be tricky. Mums can plan with their partners or child care facilities and prepare bottles of expressed milk, so their babies are well fed while they’re at work. Mums can even find a way to pump at work to keep up their supply. See expressing at work - my rights?
- Baby still receives all the benefits of breastfeeding... it doesn’t matter if your baby is exclusively breastfeeding, combining, or only taking milk from a bottle. Expressed breast milk still provides the same nutritional benefits as breastfeeding!