A practical guide to expressing breast milk

Journal article

Noakes, A (2017). A practical guide to expressing breast milk. Journal of Health Visiting. 5 (9), pp. 442-446.
AuthorsNoakes, A

Breast milk provides both long-and short-term health benefits for mother and infant, including reduced risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases for the child and osteoporosis and some cancers for the mother (Renfrew et al, 2012). The World Health Organization (2013) recommends exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months and subsequent feeding until 2 years complemented by nutritious foods. In the past, expressed breast milk feeding was chiefly associated with the premature or unwell infant; however, the domestic personal breast pump has evolved into an efficient and aesthetically pleasing device, meaning it has become increasingly common for healthy term infants to be fed via this route (Rasmussen and Geraghty, 2011; Jiang, 2015). This article will provide an overview of expressing milk and a guide for health visitors to advise mothers on the best methods to use.

JournalJournal of Health Visiting
Journal citation5 (9), pp. 442-446
PublisherLondon South Bank University
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.12968/johv.2017.5.9.442
Publication dates
Print20 Sep 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited19 Dec 2017
Accepted20 Sep 2017
Accepted author manuscript
CC BY 4.0
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