What can I do if I don’t express well?
Ineffective expressing can lead to a decreasing milk supply and other difficulties. Mothers who are not expressing the expected amount of milk or colostrum have several options. They can try to optimize the let-down by letting the baby feed on one breast and then the other while expressing the first one. Or try expressing both breasts at the same time. Mothers can try increasing their expressing speed for about a minute to obtain another let-down, or try breast compression and power expressing. Mothers can consider changing their expressing technique, switching between manual expression and pumping or using both. Any nipple or breast pain should be addressed as pain can reduce the amount of milk expressed. Expressing must be regular and frequent to prevent a decrease in the milk supply. If the expressed amounts remain low, mothers may have a full or a low milk supply.