Skip to Content
Collecting breast milk by hand (manual expression) is one way that allows
you to feed your baby breast milk in a bottle. You may need to do this if you
are going back to work, you will be away from your baby during a feeding time,
or your baby cannot breastfeed.
Illustrations copyright 2000 by Nucleus
Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.
Hand (manual) massage and expression of breast milk is the removal
of milk from the breast using massage. Manual expression is simple and requires
little equipment. But it does not empty the breasts as completely as
breastfeeding or pumping.
To express milk manually:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMay 30, 2016
Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
© Copyright 2016 Rush-Copley Medical Center • 2000 Ogden Avenue; Aurora, IL 60504
Main: 630-978-6200 • Physician Referral & Information: 630-978-6700 or 866-4COPLEY (866-426-7539)