Expressing successfully does need a bit of practice, so relax, take your time and don't worry if things don't go to plan straight away. It is important to find a routine that suits you, and if you are unsure in any way, ask for help from your healthcare professional.

Expressing breast milk can be done by hand or with a breast pump. Either way, there are a few simple steps to follow before you start:

Expressing Breast Milk by Hand

Expressing Breast Milk by Pump

Remember, you are only trying to express milk from just behind the nipple, so strong suction is not necessary. Good breast pumps will aim to mimic your baby's sucking action and should not cause pain. If it hurts to use the pump, stop and seek advice from your healthcare professional.