Free Video on Hand Expression of Breast Milk

Think hand expression is unnecessary or too difficult? Dr. Jane Morton offers a free video that demonstrates how to teach mothers (or how to learn for oneself) the technique for hand expression of breast milk. When I interviewed Dr. Morton last March, she mentioned new research that suggests that hand expression used in conjunction with pumping in the first three days is much more effective in promoting subsequent milk production than pumping alone. She said if women were taught to hand express in the first three days after giving birth, their milk production could be boosted significantly and fewer women would experience problems (or unnecessary worries) over low milk supply. In the video, Dr. Morton explains that mothers separated from their babies have been shown to produce 80% more milk by using hand expression more than five times each day in the first three days in addition to using the electric pump!

Dr. Morton is Director of Breastfeeding Medicine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) and a Clinical Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. Along with other breastfeeding resources, she offers the seven-minute 33-second video in free streaming video format at LPCH’s Newborn Nursery site, or copies may be purchased through the email address mentioned on that page. Note that it takes a fast internet connection and a little patience to see the entire video. When the video froze occasionally, I needed to manually advance and rewind through those sections to see the entire thing. It’s worth it though!

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    • Sameera

      am a IBCLC and i was rtying to download some videos to be used for my lectures in the powerpoint slide but not able to unfortunatily .. it is realy very benifecial one to be tought to all nurses!

    • Mrs. D. Jordan

      Would like the free breastfeeding video

    • rene giese

      it is very interesting

    • http://breastfeeding123 susan mitchell

      can i please get a copy of the video on hand expression to use for an inservice for the nurses at the hospital Thank you

    • Angela White, J.D., breastfeeding counselor

      The streaming video can be watched on the computer at:

      or it can be purchased from the third party site (not affiliated with Breastfeeding 1-2-3): “Copies of this video may be purchased. Please direct inquiries to

    • Jaqueline Bohr-Chavez

      I am a breastfeeding mother, and I would like to thank you for your easy-to-understand and educational video. It is the only one I have found to be helpful! God bless.

    • kumar

      i want to know this for telling at my wife during the breast feeding.

    • Patricia Lutz,RNc,IBCLC

      I am the Lactation Consultant at Sparrow Hospital. Unfortuantely I have not been able to access the hand expression video. Is it possible to have a copy sent to me to view and possibly use with nurses in my hospital? Thank you.

    • Milina

      I also had problems with accessing the hand expression video. I am expecting a baby and would like to breastfeed her. Could you send me the free video? Thank you in advance!

    • dr henny zainal

      Hai, im a cousellor lactation and a doctor from Indonesia. May i get the free video for support mothers in Indonesia? Thank you so much..


    • LINJU

      i would like have some videos for teaching purpose, and im sure it’ll b v beneficial