Why is it good to express breastmilk?

Expressing your milk means that your baby can still have the benefits of breastmilk even if you are away from him. He can carry on enjoying your milk while someone else is caring for him, and other people in your family can enjoy the closeness of feeding him.

If you're away from your baby for a long time, expressing will stop your breasts becoming too full and uncomfortable.

An early baby can also be helped with expressed milk. He may be too small and weak to suckle at first. By expressing your milk, you can give him the food he needs.

Expressing is also a great way to increase your milk supply. The more milk that leaves your breasts, the more your breasts will make.

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