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help me!Is there an easy way to hand express? my boobs are bright red :/

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Chrononaut Fri 02-Sep-11 14:02:41

Right, so my electric pump broke sad and as Ds is 3 months old and im on a tight budget, i cannot afford to get a new one.

I want to know if there is an easy way to hand express? i can never seem to get more than an one oz at a time, where as before with my pump i could get about 5. my boobs always feel really sore after trying to hand express.

please help! i need to get some milk out so i can get some sleep sad

hiss42 Fri 02-Sep-11 14:49:56

Sorry no help from me but I'm so sore at the mo I can't face using my pump so I would also love some tips on hand expressing!

mamsnet Fri 02-Sep-11 14:54:30

If your boobs are bright red you may well already have mastitis sad in which case you will need to get yourself seen as you may need ABs.

I was never much use at hand expressing but if you check I bet you'll get some good advice..

rainbowinthesky Fri 02-Sep-11 14:55:55

Years ago a mumsnetter called "mears" posted a really good link to how to hand express. You'd have to search under her name and hand expressing. I tried it but never got the hang of it. I used an Avent pump.

Chrononaut Fri 02-Sep-11 15:00:01

thankfully its not mastitis! :P they're just sore and red from all the squeezing :O
i shall search and see if i can find that link and also take a look at kellymom.

so far my hand expressing technique is probably similar to how one would milk a cow confused
cue some strange looks from DH

iskra Fri 02-Sep-11 15:06:29

Ask DH to try?!

RufflesKerfluffles Fri 02-Sep-11 15:06:31

When DS was a newborn, I found the directions in the Birth to Five book quite helpful.

crikeybadger Fri 02-Sep-11 22:00:10

This new video from the unicef babyfriendly site may be of some help.

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