If you have to leave your baby in someone else’s care and/or miss one or more breastfeeds, you’ll need to know how to express, store, and thaw breastmilk.
Expressing may also be necessary for other reasons, such as to relieve engorged breasts or to build up your milk supply. Sometimes in the first few days, if your breasts are very full and it’s difficult for the baby to attach, you need to express a little before the feed to soften the area around the nipple.
Expressing can help relieve engorged breasts or to build up your milk supply.
Chapter 1 Baby Basics