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Power Pumping

OK - so if you've ever struggled with your milk supply (like I did), you'll no doubt have researched how to boost your milk supply in every which way possible.  This is one technique that I tried, that I think actually worked for me, so I wanted to share how it works, in case it helps another mama out.

First of all, what is it?

 It's a technique that mimicks how a baby going through a growth spurt feeds.  The idea is that the action stimulates the release of prolactin (the milk making hormone) from the pituitary gland - telling the body to 'make more milk!'.

How do you do it?

1. Set aside an hour a day, say morning or night. Mornings seemed to work well for me. I'd feed my baby when he woke up, then after I put him down for his big nap, I'd power pump.

2. Follow the following pumping pattern:

  • Pump for 20 minutes, rest for 10 minutes
  • Pump another 10 minutes, rest for 10 minutes
  • Pump again for 10 minutes, finish

3. Then throughout the day, just feed and pump as you would.

The aim is to frequently empty the breast to let the body know it needs to make more milk.

When will you see results?

This one depends on you.  I'd say give it a week, but some people may notice changes in as little as a couple of days.

If this doesn't work for you, please don't be disheartened.  There are other ways you can increase pumping too.  Check out the blog article on the wonderful world of galactagogues.  And don't forget, you can always talk to your doctor for professional advice. 

Happy pumping mamas!