If you are unable to breastfeed your baby directly, it is important to remove milk during the times your baby normally would feed. This will help you continue to make milk. If you need help to get your milk to start flowing, have one of the following items nearby – a picture of your baby, a baby blanket, or an item of your baby’s clothing that has his or her scent on it. You can also apply a warm moist compress to the breast, gently massage the breasts, or sit quietly and think of a relaxing setting.
|Type||How it works||What's involved||Average cost|
|Hand expression||You use your hand to massage and compress your breast to remove milk.||
||Free, unless you need help from a breastfeeding professional who charges for her services.|
|Manual pump||You use your hand and wrist to operate a hand-held device to pump the milk.||
||$30 to $50|
|Automatic, electric breast pump||Runs on battery or plugs into an electrical outlet.||
||$150 to over $250|
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