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Expressing Breast Milk

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.

Whatever you choose to use, the sterilisation and storage procedures apply. For more, see Sterilising  and Storing Expressed Breast Milk.

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