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- Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them well.
- Find a comfortable private place.
- Have a glass of water handy.
- Think about your baby as it can help to stimulate the let-down and help the milk start to flow.
Massage your whole breast working towards the nipple.
Place your thumb and forefingers in a C shape on your breast, about 2cms behind your nipple.
Gently press the thumb and forefinger back into the breast tissue.
Then press the thumb and forefinger toward each other to compress the ducts and help move the milk out of the nipple.
Use a clean, sterilised container, bowl or bottle to collect your breast milk.
Rotate the position of your fingers/thumb on your breast and repeat the process until your breast is empty.
Repeat the entire process on your other breast.
For help and advice on feeding your baby contact your midwife, maternal child health nurse, a registered lactation consultant or the Australian Breastfeeding Association on 1800 686 268.
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Last reviewed: August 2023