Does hand expressing affect supply?
On the flip side, hand expression can also be used to increase your milk supply. Kids Health noted that, if done every three hours, hand expressing can help maintain your supply. You can increase the frequency as needed to increase your supply as well.
Is hand expression as good as pumping?
I now see hand expression as far more powerful than pumping in many ways. Research has shown that it can be more effective at removing milk in the first days after birth when the colostrum is thick and the breasts are swollen. … It’s quieter than a pump when privacy is needed. It’s certainly less expensive than a pump.