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Breast Care Following the Loss of your Baby

How to express by hand

  • Warm your breasts with a warm, moist facecloth.

  • Massage the breasts to stimulate the release of milk.

  • Make a C Shape with your hand. Put your thumb on one side of the breast and the first 2-3 fingers opposite towards the edge of the areola (the darker area).

  • Press your fingers and thumb back towards your chest. 

  • Gently but firmly press your breast between your fingers and thumb, this helps the milk move towards the nipple.

  • Release and repeat until the colostrum appears. 

  • The early milk or colostrum can be quite thick and may take a few minutes to appear.