~Breast Compression


The sole purpose of breast compression is to continue

the flow of milk to the baby once the baby no longer

drinks on his own.  Compression will also stimulate

a let down reflex and often causes a natural let

down reflex to occur.  This technique may also be

useful for the following:

1.  Poor weight gain in the baby.

2.  Colic in the breast fed baby.

3.  Frequent feedings or long feedings.

4.  Sore nipples for the mother.

5.  Recurrent blocked ducts

6.  Feeding the baby who falls asleep quick.

If everything is going well, breast compression may 

not be necessary.  When all is well, the mother should

allow the baby to finish feeding on the first side,

then if the baby wants more - offer the other side.

How to use breast compression 

1.  Hold the baby with one arm.

2.  Hold the breast with the other arm, thumb

on one side of your breast, your finger on the other

far back from the nipple

3.  Keep an eye out for the baby's drinking,

although there is no need to be obsessive about 

catching every suck.  The baby will get more milk when

drinking with an open pause type of suck.

4.  When the baby is nibbling or no longer

drinking, compress the breast, not so hard that it 

hurts though.  With the breast compression, the baby

should begin drinking again.

5.  Keep up the pressure until the baby no

longer drinks with the compression, then release the

pressure.  If the baby doesn't stop sucking with the

release of compression, wait a bit before compressing


6.  The reason for releasing pressure is to 

allow your hand to rest, and allow the milk to begin

flowing to the baby again.  If the baby stops sucking

when you release the pressure, he'll start again 

once he tastes milk.

7.  When the baby starts to suck again, he 

may drink.  If not, simply compress again.

8.  Continue feeding on the first side until

the baby no longer drinks with compression.  You 

should allow him time to stay on that side until he

starts drinking again, on his own.

9.  If the baby is no longer drinking, allow

to come off the breast or take him off.

10.  If the baby still wants more, offer the

other side and repeat the process as above.

11.  Unless you have sore nipples, you may

want to switch sides like this several times.

12.  Always work to improve the baby's latch.

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