If you've been a breastfeeding or pumping mom for any amount of time, you've probably heard of "power pumping". But what exactly does it mean...and more importantly, does it actually work?
"Power pumping" is a technique used to increase milk supply by extra draining of the breast in a focused time period. it's meant to be used in addition to the normal means of emptying the breast-nursing, pumping, or a combination of the two-and is not intended to be done long term.
Does it work?
Short answer: Yes!
Long answer: Yes, with caveats. 😘 It is a great short term way to boost supply, for most women. It's especially effective when used with other things, like correct flange size, a consistent feeding/pumping schedule, and proper hydration. (Need advice for ways to get those liquids in? Check out this post: https://www.richmondbirthandbaby.com/post/hydration-is-key )
Some things to consider:
It is a lot of extra work. This shouldn't be something you do long term, because it can be stressful to add into your already busy schedule.
It's additional wear and tear on your nipples. Make sure you have the right flange size and consider adding some lubrication, like coconut or olive oil to the flange.
It WILL NOT raise supply if you aren't consistently draining the breast in other ways. At the end of the day, boosting your supply is all about supply and demand.
There are many ways in which we want to be careful giving advice on the interwebs, because breastfeeding, pumping, supply issues, etc are all such individual topics and each person's journey with those are unique. However, we can speak in generalities to these topics! We've included a helpful graphic below, that breaks the process down into easy little steps. Have you ever used power pumping to up your supply? How did it go for you?
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