Power Pumping: The Complete Guide To Boost Your Milk Supply

Power Pumping: The Complete Guide To Boost Your Milk Supply

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What is power pumping?

Power pumping is when mom pumps frequently, emptying the breasts, and mimicking cluster feeding. This makes your body think that it should produce more milk for your baby.

This is also a way you can increase your milk supply. This naturally happens when your baby goes through a growth spurt and power pumping is just an artificial way of doing it.

This power pumping routine shouldn’t take over your usual breastfeeding schedule, rather, it can improve your milk supply.  

Why power pump?

  • You don’t need to take any supplements or medications.
  • Anyone can do power pumping.
  • It is an effective way to increase milk supply.
  • If you need to be at work and away from your baby, you can still provide them breast milk.

When to power pump

Studies have shown that your milk volume is the greatest in the morning and lessens throughout the day.

If you can, try to power pump before baby wakes up in the morning or while they are having their morning nap. Try to find an hour that you will be uninterrupted.

You can also do a power pumping session in the middle of the night while baby is sleeping. It depends on your schedule however and what time works best for you.

You can also replace a regular pumping session with a power pump.

Make sure you don’t skip a breastfeeding session with your baby just to power pump since your baby will still be more effective than a pump.  

Related: How To Choose The Best Breast Pump

How to power pump

In order to achieve maximum power pumping results, a double electric pump is the best kind of pump to have. You can still use a single pump if you need to, but it will just take extra time and effort.

You can also ensure that your pump remains efficient by replacing parts like the tubing, valve, membranes, etc. if there is a need. If you’ve had your pump for more than a year, consider replacing it with a new one in order to still get the most out of power pumping.

If you have an older pump you may not get as much milk as before because your pump is worn out.

There are different ways that you can power pump. This can depend on your schedule. In order for your power pumping to be effective, you have to do it at least one hour per day.

This is around 40 minutes of breast pumping, and 10 – 20 minutes of resting in between. Power pumping two times a day would even increase your chances of getting better results and increasing your milk supply fast.

Related: How To Properly Store Pumped Breast Milk

Here’s a sample power pumping schedule:   

  1. Pump for 20 minutes.
  2. Rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Pump for 10 minutes.
  4. Rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Pump for 10 minutes.

Total minutes: 60 minutes

If you can’t dedicate 1 hour or 60 minutes at a time, you can also split it into two 30-minute sessions.

For each 30 minute session:

  1. Pump for 10 minutes.
  2. Rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Pump again for 10 minutes.

Tips for Successful Power pumping

Here are some tips and tricks you can try to make power pumping a little bit easier and more successful:

Get A Hands free pumping bra

This is a great thing to have since you wouldn’t have to worry about holding your pumps and waiting until the pumping session ends. By using a hands-free bra, you’re free to multitask, get other things done or even just relax and read a book or have a cup of tea. You can even make a DIY hands-free bra if you want to save.

Set up a designated pumping area

Have a designated area for pumping ready with all your tools etc. This would make it easier for you to quickly do a pumping session with ease without having to set up everything or look for your pump etc. It makes power pumping an easy and convenient thing to do especially if you are limited with time.

Use a double electric pump

Using this kind of pump will help power pumping become way easier and if it’s in your budget and you decide to fully dedicate yourself to power pumping, this kind of pump will be the best one to invest in. Having spare parts on hand also makes it convenient for you especially if you will be using your pump often.  

Find A Comfy Spot

Make sure you have a comfy couch, pillows, blanket, or whatever you need to feel relaxed and cozy. This will help cause a “let down” and let your milk flow freely, resulting in a successful power pumping session.

Have water or healthy snacks handy

It is important to stay hydrated especially when it comes to encouraging and increasing milk supply. Stay away from coffee or soda for the moment and just stick with water. You can also snack on some healthy food like nuts, fruit, hard-boiled egg, or dark chocolate.

Related: How To Quickly Increase Your Milk Supply

Look at pictures and videos of your baby

Looking at a picture or video of your baby can help release the oxytocin in your body which is the “feel good” hormone that will help to encourage a letdown.

Listen To Soothing music

There have been studies showing that moms who listened to calming music/sounds produced more milk, as well as milk with higher fat content.

Use Lots Of Nipple cream

Long pumping sessions can cause your nipples to become sore and sensitive so keep a good nipple cream or coconut oil on hand to help prevent chaffing and cracking.

Try A Warm Compress

A warm compress applied to your breasts before power pumping can also help with stimulating milk flow.

Related: The Top 10 Breastfeeding Essentials For Nursing Moms

Pump While Baby Is Sleeping

As much as possible, don’t power pump while taking care of the baby at the same time. It is best to do a power pumping session while the baby is asleep or when someone else is taking care of him/her. This is to avoid you getting distracted with taking care of your baby and ensure a successful power pumping session.

Be flexible

Find the schedule that works best with you and stick with it. You don’t need to follow other people’s pumping schedule since what works for others may not work for you. Just remember the goal is to pump frequently and if this means combining a regular session with a power pumping session, even for a short time, then do it.

Don’t Stress

Stress is a great hindrance when it comes to producing breast milk. The best thing you can do is to try to relax and think calm thoughts in order to give your body the chance to increase your milk supply and production.

Increase Your Power Pumping

For faster results, dedicate yourself to power pumping for at least 2 days. Don’t be discouraged when you don’t see results right away since some moms would take 1 to 2 weeks before seeing an increase/ difference in milk supply. The goal is to signal your body to produce more milk and with time, your body will produce results. Hang in there mama!

When thinking about doing power pumping, consider contacting a lactation consultant first. They will help you determine if you have any supply concerns or how you can make the most out of your milk supply.

It’s also important to note that if you have no problems with your milk supply and production, it’s better not to power pump so that you don’t experience an oversupply.

If you are planning to increase your milk supply through power pumping, give it time. Not all women are the same and sometimes it might take 7 days or more before you see results while some can see the effect after 3 days.

What is your experience with power pumping?

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1 thought on “Power Pumping: The Complete Guide To Boost Your Milk Supply”

  1. Natalie Roberts

    I was very concern that I wouldn’t have milk. I was trying everything until I got my hands on Healthy nursing tea. It was what I was looking for, I started producing more milk I was able to satisfy my LO.

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