Is Power Pumping Really Worth Trying to Increase the Milk Supply?

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We are going to reveal power pumping guide in this article. You will get to know what credible websites or experts say about it and all you should know about power pumping. Let’s find out..

Power pumping (also called cluster pumping) is pumping in a series of ten-minute sessions – ten minutes pumping, ten minutes off – over the course of an hour, one session each day.  It’s typically used when mothers experience a temporary dip in supply, not as a means of establishing a new milk supply. Read more..

power pumping guide

Reasons You May Want to Power Pump

If you are exclusively pumping and you feel you are not pumping enough milk, power pumping may help to quickly increase your milk supply.

If you are breastfeeding and you feel the need to increase your milk supply. Maybe you think your baby needs more milk or maybe you would like to build up a stash. Read more..

How to power-pump?

While there is no research evidence that recommends how long a pumping session should last, or how far apart those sessions should be, according to mammography ultrasounds, a lactating breast typically empties in 10-15 minutes. Research tells us completely emptying both breasts is what produces more breast milk. That means a range of 10-15 minutes may likely a good time period for a pumping.  Read More..

Power Pumping Sessions

Here’s the most popular recommendation how you can do one power pumping session:

  • Set aside one hour to do your power pumping session.
  • Double pump using the following schedule:
  • Pump for 20 minutes
  • Rest for 10 minutes
  • Pump for 10 minutes
  • Rest for 10 minutes
  • Pump for 10 minutes
  • Do at least one power pumping session every day until you see an increase in your milk supply.
  • To get a better result, do more power pumping session in a day. Two sessions are the most popular option (because well, we need to do other things as well right!) Read More

How do I keep track of the time during power pumping?

The obvious answers would seem to be, have a clock handy or use an alarm. However both low supply and pumping can be stressful, and clock watching or fiddling with an alarm may make the experience even more so. Time keeping strategies which are not quite so accurate time-wise but might be less stressful and ultimately more effective include:

  • Watching a favourite TV program, pumping during the commercials and resting during the show
  • Watching a movie, pumping through one scene and resting during the next
  • Listening to music, pumping during two songs and resting during the next two
  • Reading a book placing your book mark four to six pages ahead – pump until you reach it and then move it ahead and rest until you reach it again. Read more here.
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