How many of you know the Hand Jive by heart? Did you perform it in Grease in high school, or jive in your living room with your friends? Maybe that’s just those of us who grew up in musical theater, but you were Born to Hand Jive, Baby! And now, as a breastfeeding parent, you were Born to Hand Express!
Hand expression has many benefits throughout your breastfeeding journey, and especially in the early days. It’s worth the practice!
Videos - There is more than one method of hand expression. I recommend trying different methods to find what works best for you. I am including several links to videos so that you can watch instructional videos and see it in action.
Babies are the best removers of milk from the breast, but once you’ve gotten good at it, hand expression is not far behind. After your baby is born, take a few minutes each day to practice and you may be surprised at how quickly your body responds.
You have hands - use them!
Do you use hand expression? How is it useful in your breastfeeding journey?
Cynthia Bischoff, IBCLC, is the owner and provider at Lactation Life, offering lactation consults in Maryland.