Friday, September 18, 2009
Hand Expression? Who Knew?
At the breastfeeding conference I attended nearly a week ago, the speaker said something intriguing. In fact, it's taken me a week to process it- Hand expression as a means of boosting milk supply? It seems too simple to be true- and just about the one thing I didn't try. Could it really be so simple? I both want and don't want it to be true. After all the teas, galactogagues, and tinctures I poured down my gullet, it was never suggested that manual expression might be something to try. I also recently watched a friend suffer this same dreaded fate, and had very little to offer her in the way of practical support or suggestions. I only half-heartedly mentioned the usual offerings since none of them had worked for me. Has anyone out there used manual expression to boost milk supply? I'd love to hear some empirical evidence or personal narratives.