Have you ever heard the term power pumping and wondered what it is, and if it’s right for you? Power pumping is a great way to increase your supply without having to make any crazy lifestyle changes or buy new products. It is similar to cluster feeding, but for pumping - instead of directly breastfeeding. Oftentimes new moms struggling with keeping up their milk supply try this as a way to increase production.
Want to learn more? Check out a few commonly asked questions on what it is, how to do it and a few tips and tricks from the experts.
How does it work?: The process of power pumping is very similar to cluster feeding except mom is doing all of the work. You are going to want to sit down and pump in intervals that work for you. For example, you pump for 15 minutes and then after a short break you come back and do 10 more minutes. The process should take about an hour and can replace your multiple pumping times throughout the day. You can use any type of pump you desire, but if using a manual one, be sure you are switching sides instead of taking a break.
How quickly do you see results?: Power pumping is a great way to increase your breast milk supply, but you may not see results right away. Most moms say it takes anywhere from 3 to 21 to really see the increase, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results right away.
When to stop power pumping?: Knowing when to stop is different for everyone because everyone has different goals for how much they want to pump. Once you reach your goal, you can transition back to your original pumping schedule. If your body is able to maintain your power pumping supply, you can stop all together.
Can pumping cause tissue damage?: With everything related to your body, it is important to be cautious when power pumping. Tissue damage can occur when the use of suction is too hard on the body. In addition to that, if you are over pumping, your baby may not be able to keep up with your supply which can lead to issues like mastitis. Do your best to listen to your body and make changes as needed.
How often can I power pump?: To maximize the benefits of power pumping, you can do it up to twice per day. How long you continue power pumping depends on your body, so again, give it the process a bit of time to do what it should. Some moms see results in a few days, while others need to power pump for a couple weeks to see increased supply.
Tips for Power Pumping
- Make sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating an extra snack to help fuel production.
- Be sure to follow your power pumping routine for the full hour to get the most out of the session.
- Morning is the best time to power pump because that is when supply levels are the largest, but don’t stress if that doesn’t work for your schedule!
- To maximize supply and avoid nipple pain, make sure you are using a breast shield that actually fits your body.
- Massage your breast before and after a pumping session to avoid any clogged ducts.
Do you have a few go to tips for power pumping? What was your experience? Share with all of us in the comments below!