Hand expression is one of the many methods used to remove milk from a mother's breasts, and it's also one of the least talked about. When practiced correctly, however, hand expressing can be an extremely effective way to remove milk quickly. It can be a bit tricky to know how to get started with hand expressing, especially if you're used to using an electric pump. Luckily, having a few hacks for hand expression up your sleeves will make the process smooth and simple, so that the next time you need to alleviate the pain from engorgement or express an extra bottle for a night away, all you'll need are your two hands to get the job done.
According to Breastfeeding USA, moms who use their hands to express milk remove 48 percent more milk than moms using an electric pump. Although the technique can be tricky to master, once you find a rhythm and method that works well for you, it might be just the expression method that works best for you.
Armed with these hacks, you'll reap all of the benefits of emptying your breasts regularly — increased supply, decreased engorgement, and a growing stockpile if you choose to save your expressed milk — and all you need are your hands.