You may have heard people talking about this as a method to increase your milk supply. It does work, however you have to make sure to do it correctly and stay consistent to see actual results. If you are willing to give it a real shot, it can be a lifesaver!
What is it?
Think of power pumping as a method of tricking your body into making more milk. It mimics your baby feeding longer and more frequently, sort of like when your baby is cluster feeding. Your body works on the supply/demand system. By using this method you are telling your body that there is more demand and therefore your body needs to make more milk!
How do I do it?
It is simple really…just sort of uncomfortable and time consuming. This will not take the place of your regular pumping sessions. You will turn one of your normal sessions into a power pumping session! To do this you will need 1 hour. Choose either the morning or the evening. Use an electric pump for this. The rest is simple!
Pump 20 minutes, Rest 10 minutes
Then, Pump 10 minutes, Rest 10 minutes
Pump 10 minutes, You are Done!
This is going to trick your body into thinking that your baby needs more milk and it will start trying to keep up with that new demand!
When will I see results?
Persistence is key! You may see results in a day or two. Sometimes it takes women a week or so to see a big change when you are doing 1 power pump session per day. It may take a little while, but it works!
Take a Power Pumping Vacay?
Yes! If you want to see results more quickly, you can try taking a power pumping vacation! Take a full weekend and pump like crazy! 🙂
Everyday for 2-3 days in a row, you can turn 3-4 of your pumping sessions into power pumping sessions!
Yes, it is exhausting and yes your nipples may be a little sore but this method has proven to have great results.
Do I do this to both breasts?
This is completely up to you! If you have one breast that does not perform as well as you would like, you could just focus on power pumping that side. If you want to increase your milk supply overall, then pump both breasts at the same time.
Learn more here!
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