Limbs & Things has developed this important and unique model for demonstrating the techniques required for the hand expression of breast milk. It has been designed in conjunction with the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative and may be particularly useful for staff training in facilities working towards Baby Friendly accreditation.
Its purpose is as a teaching and learning tool for midwives, health visitors and other health care practitioners.
The technique of hand expression mimics what happens during a breastfeed. There are two distinct parts to this process:
- the oxytocin reflex (also known as the milk ejection, or let down reflex)
- compression of the lactiferous sinuses
- The soft foam breast is realistic in shape, texture and proportion, and is warm to the touch
- The model can be presented in two ways: freestanding or held against the body
- The model incorporates four 'milk' reservoirs. These mimic the 15 to 20 lactiferous sinuses of the normal breast
- Squeezing the nipple alone does not produce milk
- 1 Simulated Breast Milk (500ml) 40104
- 1 Breast Milk Hand Expression Trainer
- 1 cleaning pump