The Baby Friendly Initiative recommends that all mothers are taught how to hand express. It is a valuable skill in many situations, such as where the mother's breasts are engorged or where mother and baby are separated, perhaps through the baby being born preterm or sick, or when the mother returns to work. This video will help walk you through the steps of hand expression.
Women smokers may wonder if it's safe to smoke while breastfeeding. Understand that there are very few reasons a woman should not breastfeed, and smoking is not one of them. The benefits of breast milk are too numerous to overlook and should not be passed up just because the mom smokes cigarettes. However, nicotine and secondhand smoke have potentially harmful side effects that a breastfeeding mother who chooses to smoke should be aware of.
Pumping & Storing Breastmilk
Breast milk is nature's way of making sure your baby receives the maximum nutrition possible. When a mom needs to be away from her baby, or for other reasons, it's a good idea to know how to hand express milk. This segment will address the importance of hand expression when breastfeeding an infant and the benefits to mother and baby, as well as the specific techniques involved.