If I told you there was a FREE way to get milk that's even better than a pump, would you be interested? Hand expression is using your own hands to get milk out, and it really works! In our technology-dependent culture it seems as if most of us are more comfortable with a machine, but breasts often don't respond to plastic as well as we'd like.
Here's a video that shows why hand expression is so important, followed by exactly how to do it. This one also gives instructions.
A study shows that of women who practiced hand expression, 96% were still breastfeeding at 2 months, while only 73% of mothers who pumped were still nursing.
Why would that be? Probably more women stayed with nursing because hand expression helps them get more, thereby making it more worthwhile. Women who hand expressed after a premature birth got 48% more milk than those who only pumped!
If you need more help with breastfeeding, hand expression, or pumping hopefully you have a doula who can help you with your individual situation and goals. If you need more help, a lactation consultant has expertise to help you keep breastfeeding going.