Almost all breastfeeding mothers in Australia give their baby expressed breast milk at some point before they reach 6 months of age. Feeding your baby expressed breast milk is safe if done properly and it can be expressed by hand or by using a breast pump.
For more, see Expressing Breast Milk – Methods.
There are a variety of reasons as to why mothers may choose to express breast milk, these include:
- Their baby is sick or premature
- Being temporarily separated, so they can’t feed
- They are returning to paid work
- Their milk supply needs to be increased
- Their breasts are uncomfortably full.
Feeding An Infant Expressed Breast Milk
Expressed breast milk can be fed to an infant by bottle, cup or spoon.