The first time I heard about hand expression I thought, "You have got to be kidding me, right?" I had no idea how such a thing would even be possible. Squeezing milk out of my nipples with my bare hands?! I never would've guessed that nearly 8 years later I'd be ready to go pro. So, and at the risk of scaring all the new breastfeeding moms out there, I'm going to share things hand expression actually feels like.
If you're anything like me, at this point you're probably wondering, "Why would I ever hand express?" After all, you are a woman of the modern age and with all the conveniences of technology to help you actually have it all. Or, you know, at least a breastfed baby even when you're off doing modern-woman things like, well, working.
Well, dear reader, I totally thought that, too. Yet, here I am, a seasoned hand expression specialist. Moms end up hand expressing for all sorts of reasons including, but certainly not limited to: under supply, you want to make rice cereal but don't want to dive into your pumped stash, your office power goes out and you have no pump battery, or you have mastitis and your baby won't nurse. See? Aren't you glad I'm preparing you for all the ways hand expression will feel? Chances are, you'll end up doing it a time or two.