When should I express?
Mothers can express right after breastfeeding, during or right after the baby is fed by another means, or on a three-hour schedule; it depends on the reason for expressing. If a mother is breastfeeding but also expressing to increase or maintain her milk supply or relieve breast fullness, she should do it right after the baby is breastfed or if needed, supplemented with extra milk. If it’s because a mother is not breastfeeding, she can express right after the baby has been fed or she can express every three hours. The breasts should be emptied at least 7 times in 24 hours with a maximum five-hour break at night. Morning is usually the best time to express milk for later use, since babies normally feed a little less at night, leaving more milk available after breastfeeding for expressing.