Hi Mamas! Are you wondering how to increase your breast milk supply? Maybe you want to build a freezer stash, or maybe you are not producing enough. Which ever your reasoning is, power pumping can help do the trick. It can be done alone or in addition to taking supplements. Power pumping truly worked for me when I had a low supply. It was a life saver! By no means am I a lactation specialist or doctor, just another mama that has been in your shoes. Keep reading below to find out what power pumping is and how to do it.
What is Power Pumping?
Wow, what a name…POWER pumping. It must be something amazing if it has the word power in it, right? The term power pumping refers to using your breast pump to mimic cluster feedings from your baby. During this pumping session, you will empty your breast several times throughout a period of time.
How to Power Pump?
Most power pumping sessions last for an hour so make sure you don’t have anywhere to go! During this time you will be turning your pump on and off. Power pumping should be done in addition to your regular pumping or nursing sessions, so be sure to set aside a specific time.
Power Pumping Schedule:
When you choose to power pump is up to you. I personally started out in the morning time because breast milk is more abundant then. I later switched to evening because my milk production was lower during this time. I wanted to train my breasts to produce more in the evenings so my daughter would have enough to fill her belly. To see results, try power pumping at least 3 consecutive days in a row. *Do not be alarmed if you do not get much milk during the middle and last pumping intervals. You will still be stimulating your nipples to tell them to produce more.
Below is the time interval schedule I follow:
Why it Works
Producing breast milk is all about supply and demand. You must demand more milk for your body to supply more milk. Power pumping works by stimulating your nipples to produce more milk by emptying your breasts rapidly. This is a way to produce more milk without consuming supplements, but can be done in addition to them.
I highly suggest using a double electric pump. It allows you to pump each breast at once which is a huge time saver! I also suggest using a pumping bra. Being hands-free during this time helps tremendously!
I hope this has helped! Please share or comment below! AS ALWAYS, YOU’VE GOT THIS MAMA!