Read more information about breastfeeding a premature or sick baby.
Managing breastfeeding problems is an essential part of newborn care. Pseudoephedrine and oral contraceptive pills may decrease the supply.
How often you express your milk, and how much you express, will depend on why you are doing it.
Sometimes it takes a little while for your milk to start flowing. Having your baby (or a photo of them) nearby may help your milk to flow.
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Don't use a microwave to heat up or defrost breast milk.
Manual pumps are cheaper but may not be as quick as an electric one. Your midwife, health visitor or a local breastfeeding supporter can give you details of pump hire services near you.
The suction strength can be altered on some electric pumps. Setting the strength to high straightaway may be painful or damage your nipple.
Always make sure that the pump and container are clean and sterilised before you use them.
See tips on sterilising your baby's feeding equipment.