NEW

For breastfeeding week (Oct 1-7) Helen is launching a new range of unique hand blown glass pieces!

Check out Milk Glass :beautiful custom made pieces with breast milk inclusions.

Honor your journey and create a lasting memory of the liquid gold that came from your body!

Express yourself

Hand expression is a natural way to express breast milk. It is as old as breastfeeding itself.

Women can feed babies on or off the breast, anytime and anywhere.

Breastbowl is mindfully designed by and for breastfeeding mothers to collect expressed breast milk. Breastbowl is safe, ergonomic, discreet, easy to use and clean. It is an inexpensive, portable, quiet and comfortable alternative for milk expression.

We offer two kinds of breastbowls:

Artisan breastbowls:

Artisan breastbowls are hand made from glass by Helen or Mel. Each artisan breastbowl is a unique! We evaluate each breastbowl individually to guarantee optimal functionality. Pick the breastbowl that resonates with you and enjoy the sight and sound of your precious milk gathering in this beautiful vessle.

Breastbowl Flex

Breastbowl Flex is factory made from 100% food-grade silicone. It combines sleek and elegant design with incredible functionality.

Hand expression FAQ

1) How can I learn hand expression?
I learned hand expression prenatally from my doula. You can learn hand expression from doulas, midwives, lactation consultants or maybe even from your friends/ family/ peers. You can also try to get some tips online. Check out the resources on this website. Learning hand expression is a bit like learning to do your hair after you just got a brand new hair cut: you need to mess around with it and get a feel for it.
2) I am pregnant. When can I learn hand expression?
You can start practicing hand expression as early as 32 to 34 weeks of pregnancy. Massage your breasts and express for a few minutes or until you get a few drops of colostrum. Always make sure not to cause any pain or discomfort. Like any pleasant physical sensation, nipple stimulation can release oxytocin. If you are at risk of early labour talk to your care provider before doing hand expression or anything else that may release oxytocin. I had a healthy low-risk pregnancy and expressed my first few drops about 2 weeks before my due date (around 38 weeks). I remember that I was blown away that something was coming out of my nipple!
3) Why learn hand expression when I can get a pump?
When it comes to milk removal from the human breast, the order of efficiency is:
1) baby
2) hands
3) pump
Pumps are the least efficient way to remove milk from the breast. That's why we can (and should) hand express a lot of breast milk after pumping. Our breasts change and the pump stays the same. Our body's physiological response to human touch is different than the response to a pump. According to the current recommendations by BreastfeedingUSA , pump-users are advised to use their hands before, during and after pumping. If you have to use your hands anyway, why not 'dump the pump' and take matters in your own hands?
4) I tried hand expression once but it didn't work...
Maybe you tried at the wrong time... Timing is important, like with going to the bathroom. You are a human, not a machine. Do you want to give it another try? If your baby can get breast milk, so can you. It's just a matter of practice. Try on your other breast when baby is feeding and make sure to warn the people across the room :) Sally Tedstone, Breastfeeding Expert Midwife and Breastfeeding Educator with UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative, writes: "If it does not work at first, do not panic or think that there is no milk, simply try another spot, a slightly different hand formation or rhythm until it works for you. Keeping a playful, relaxed attitude is very important, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to get it perfectly first time as this will only make it harder. Once you have got the hang of hand expressing breastmilk you can continue until the flow of milk slows naturally and then progress around the same breast."