Breastfeeding & Pumping

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.

Ways to Express Your Milk

Hand Expression

Type How it works What's involved Average cost
Hand expression You use your hand to massage and compress your breast to remove milk.
  • Requires practice, skill, and coordination.
  • Gets easier with practice; can be as fast as pumping.
  • Good if you are seldom away from baby or need an option that is always with you. But all moms should learn how to hand express.
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.
  • Requires practice, skill, and coordination.
  • Useful for occasional pumping if you are away from baby once in a while.
  • May put you at higher risk of breast infection.
$30 to $50
Automatic, electric breast pump Runs on battery or plugs into an electrical outlet.
  • Can be easier for some moms.
  • Can pump one breast at a time or both breasts at the same time.
  • Double pumping may collect more milk in less time, so they are helpful if you are going back to work or school full-time.
  • Need places to clean and store the equipment between uses.
$150 to over $250

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