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  1. #1
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    Default hand or mechanical expression?

    so, i'm lying here nursing and my other breast begins leaking. I know I should've captured it and froze it, but I've had a LONG army week, so..I expressed it into a towel. the towel got pretty full..and it got me thinking;
    Does hand expression alone yield more than pumping?
    Desmond Ringo Payton [5.31.12|8 lb 14 oz|22 in.|blonde|blue|beautiful|BACK TO BREAST 6.25.12]

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    Default Re: hand or mechanical expression?

    I've been told that it does, but I know when I've tried hand expressing, it eventually hurt my hand from all the work! A lactation consultant once told me that a baby is the most efficient in draining the breast, followed by hand expression, then pumping.

    I'm Erin, wife to a wonderful husband, and first time mother of Baby Will - 05/13/2012

    "Keep calm and latch on!"

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    Default Re: hand or mechanical expression?

    depends on how good you are at it! i've heard the same list as PP, but i could never get the hang of it. i also produced well for the pump so i never tried terribly hard.
    DS1 6/7/11
    DS2 10/29/13

    Nursing, pumping, cloth-diapering, babywearing, working professor mama with the awesomest SAHD ever.

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    Default Re: hand or mechanical expression?

    It works for some. Not for me.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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