This is a very useful instructional video on hand expression of breast milk presented by Stanford Medicine. Hand expression can be used to confirm the present of colostrum before the first breastfeeding session and at every session thereafter. It can be done while nursing to help moms empty their breasts of colostrum/milk and to help newborns, who may have difficulty with latch, to receive milk more easily. This can help mothers not only ensure their babies are well-fed, but it also can help stimulate production of breast milk in the event that breastfeeding sessions are interrupted by medical interventions needed by baby or mom.
We have different guidelines for adequate volumes of feeding, which primarily rely on the level of satisfaction the newborn experiences from breastfeeding, but this is a very useful instructional video on this very important skill.
Disclaimer: This document does not replace in-person physician evaluation and treatment. This document is meant to inform parents of the most recent data regarding infant feeding and to increase their knowledge on how to protect their newborns from hyperbilirubinemia, dehydration, hypernatremia, hypoglycemia and extended or repeat hospitalizations due to complications from underfeeding. Earlier supplementation may be needed for babies who are premature or have medical conditions. It is recommended that a parent seeks evaluation by a pediatrician for any concerns regarding the health and safety of her baby if they arise.