Is low milk supply a cause of concern for you?
You’re not alone just in case you are wondering about it! Many new mothers worry about their milk supply and lots of new moms give up on breastfeeding because they’re worried, they don’t have enough milk.
Uplifties has helped us in creating this article which clears the confusion around it and helps you in boosting your Power Pumping abilities.
How do you tell if the baby is getting enough milk?
Once your body get used to baby’s demand for milk, your breasts will lose that uncomfortable overfull engorgement. But it can be difficult to tell if baby is getting enough milk. So how can you tell?
Ask these questions:
- How many wet and dirty diapers does baby produce in a day?
New-borns should have 6 wet diapers and 3-4 dirty diapers a day. From one month old, babies should have between 4-6 wet nappies a day.
- How does your baby seem to you?
Does baby seem satisfied and happy after a feed, or does baby seem fussy?
- Is baby gaining weight?
Breastfed babies don’t usually look as chunky as formula fed babies. But they should be gaining an appropriate amount of weight and hitting their milestones. If you have any concerns, please check with your doctor immediately.
What is Power Pumping?
Your milk supply works on a supply and demand basis. So, your body only produces the amount of milk that baby is asking for. And when demand slows down – if baby is sleeping longer at night, for example – your milk supply will slow down too.
Power pumping is a way to ‘trick’ your body into thinking that demand has increased by mimicking the feeding of a hungry baby. You use a breast pump at regular intervals to drain your breasts and ‘call’ for more milk.
However, this is not something that you should start on your own. Check with a certified lactation professional before starting power pumping.
Power Pumping Schedule That You Should Follow
Power pumping does take a bit of time and you’ll need to do it for a couple of days to see results.
Breast pump experts Medela suggest setting aside one hour a day to power pump. So, grab your water bottle, put your feet up and power pump.
- Pump for 20 minutes
- Rest for 10 minutes
- Pump for 10 minutes
- Rest for 10 minutes
- Pump for 10 minutes
You can keep track of your pumping with a simple breastfeeding tracker.
When to Power Pump?
Timing is important when you’re power pumping. Don’t replace a regular feed with a power pumping session – baby can drain your breasts much more effectively than a pump. And you don’t want to drain your breasts right before baby gets hungry!
So, you could choose to power pump after baby has finished a feed. This way your body gets a bit of a rest before baby gets hungry again.
If you always feel like you have more milk in the morning you could power pump early before baby wakes up. This might be a good option if baby is dropping a night feed.
How Long Does It Take to Boost Your Supply with Power Pumping?
This is the big question, right?!
But you’re all different so there’s no easy answer. So, it might take anywhere between a day or a week for you to see results.
The important thing is to not give up and to keep talking to your lactation consultant who will be able to give you personalized advice. And after your milk supply is up, remember that you’ll have to completely drain your breasts after each feed, or the supply will start to drop off again.
Other Ways to Help Boost Your Milk Supply
While you’re waiting for power pumping to work, here are some other things that might help boost your milk supply.
- Make sure you have the perfect latch – A good latch helps baby fully drain your breasts and demand that extra supply.
- Eat milk boosting foods – Some foods are known as galactagogues – they naturally increase your milk supply. Try lactation recipes to boost your supply.
- Nurse on demand – Breastfeeding is supply and demand. Your body produces milk to match baby’s demand. So even if you feel like you have ‘no milk’, let baby nurse to stimulate the supply.
Power Pumping to Boost Your Milk Supply
Power pumping is a commitment and the results will vary from mama to mama. So, try to stay positive and don’t forget to talk through your concerns with a qualified lactation consultant.
And remember that it’s ok to supplement with formula or donor milk. Whatever is best for baby and you!!