Power Pumping Breastmilk

 

What about “power pumping” breastmilk?

The idea behind power pumping is to trick your body into producing more milk by rapidly emptying the breasts frequently. Normally the breasts respond to growth spurts of the baby by the baby eating more frequently and demanding more food.  Power Pumping simply copies what babies do when they are “cluster feeding. Power Pumping can be used to boost milk supply at the end of a busy work week, after a long vacation, or anytime your usual routine has been disrupted and you are worried about your supply of breast milk going down.

 

To Power Pump:

Choose a time when you will not be interrupted and one hour after the last feed. Most moms like to use early morning. Follow this pattern:

 

1.Pump for 20 minutes, rest for 10 minutes

2.Pump for 10 minutes, rest for 10 minutes

3.Pump for 10 minutes.

 

If you are breastfeeding your baby, follow the usual schedule during the day, but do not go more than 3 hrs with out pumping or breastfeeding.

 

Be careful about over pumping. If you pump off too much milk (more than you need to feed your baby) your body will continue to increase production and you could end up with an over abundance of milk. It can take 2-3 days of Power Pumping and frequent empting (8-10 pumps or feeds in 24hrs) to see a difference in your supply.

 

If you are unsure, seek the help of a board certified Lactation Consultant or Lactation Specialist. http://www.ilca.org/why-ibclc/falc

 

Rosanne Gephart, MSN, NP, CNM

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