Friday, April 30, 2010

Hands expression in the office

For the longest time, I've been used to the ease and somewhat relaxing experience I get when I express milk in the office due to my electric double pump. I'd do some breast compressions when I see that the milk flow is dwindling down to help empty my breasts before I switch the pump off.

However, earlier, my husband forgot to pack the flanges/horns of my pump! I only realized that they were left at home when it was time for my pumping break. I didn't know what to do. It's the end of the month and there are a lot of transactions that I couldn't just up and leave to get the horns at home. So, in the end, I did manual (hand) expressions for my morning pumping session. It was tiring for my hands as I was already used to browsing the internet or read messages on my phone when I do my sessions. So it was with a bit of reluctance and bitterness (because I blame my husband for having left the horns at home. hee) that I proceeded to express.

I started out slowly, trying out the various techniques on hand expression that I've almost forgotten since getting and using my electric pump. It was quite uncomfortable as I was bent on my waist, one hand holding the narrow-necked bottle, the other expressing and massaging my breast. It was quite funny as I was thinking earlier that this must be what the cows feel like when they're being milked manually.

In the end, I managed to produce 140ml from both breasts, given that I was becoming lazy towards the end, plus, I wasn't sure exactly how long I was expressing on each breast. Overall. I'm very happy with the outcome.

Come lunch break, I sped off towards home and got the flanges. Thank goodness home is very near the office.

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