How to increase supply while exclusively expressing

February 3, 2017

Last updated - 14/3/2020


I have to start by saying that I am not prescribing a treatment here - every person is different and so what works for one person, won't necessarily work for another.  But generally speaking, the more you express the more you make...


Before I had my daughter I had been a midwife for a 2 years and worked in Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) for 7 years.  Obviously midwives have to give loads of breastfeeding advice, and in NICU we have to teach parents how to express and then breastfeed when the babies are ready.


I thought I was an expert in both breastfeeding and expressing....oh how wrong I was!


I had listened to other, more experienced, midwives and nurses say things like 'babies are born to breastfeed', 'if you just put the baby on the breast it will all be fine', 'breastfeeding shouldn't hurt', 'just express for 10-15 minutes, any longer isn't worth it', 'express every 3hrs during the day, 4hrs at night'.