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If you ever find yourself engorged, without your baby or a pump, you can always express some of your milk by hand, allowing you to become more comfortable. First make a C shape with your thumb and pointer and index fingers. Place your thumb slightly above the areola (colored part of the breast) and the other two fingers about an inch below the areola. Using the fingers instead of cupping, push the breast gently toward your chest and then gently squeeze back outward. It sounds complex, but if you let your body guide you and practice, you could become more efficient than your pump.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|