As a mum, it's natural to worry about whether you're producing enough milk for your little one. If you're struggling with low breastmilk supply, power pumping may be just what you need to increase your milk production. In this blog post, we'll explain what power pumping is and how to make the most of it to maximize your milk supply.
What is Power Pumping?
Power pumping involves pumping for longer or more frequently than you would during a regular pumping session. This method aims to stimulate your body to produce more milk by mimicking the demand of a growing baby. When you power pump, you're training your body to produce more milk to meet your baby's needs.
How to Power Pump
To try power pumping, replace a couple of your regular pumping sessions with an extended session. During your power-pumping session, plan to pump for an hour, alternating between pumping and resting. You can try a 20-minute pumping session followed by a 10-minute rest period, or adjust the intervals to suit your needs.
Tips for Successful Power Pumping
To make the most of your power-pumping sessions, there are a few things you can do:
- Stay hydrated: Drinking enough water is essential for milk production, especially when power pumping.
- Eat well: Proper nutrition is key to keeping up your milk supply. Make sure you're eating a balanced diet that includes enough protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates.
- Be patient: It can take a few days to see an increase in milk production. Don't get discouraged if you don't see results right away.
- Use breast milk storage bags: It's essential to have plenty of milk storage bags on hand to store the extra milk from your sessions. The Jellie reusable breast milk silicone storage bags are an excellent option to store your breast milk as you start to increase your supply. If you are collecting large volumes, try using the 1L carry case to store your milk, it is 100% food grade silicone and can also be used to store larger volumes of milk.
- Choose the right pump: A quality pump is essential for successful power pumping, whilst portable pumps are convenient, a hospital-grade pump is preferred when power pumping. The Jellie Collect is a wearable breast pump that provides a comfortable and discreet way to collect your let down, however it is not suitable for power pumping this requires an electrical pump. The Jellie silicone storage bag for pump and accessories is also a great option for storing and organizing your pumping essentials/parts in the fridge between pumps to reduce the amount of washing needed to be done.
- Wear a comfortable pumping bra: A comfortable pumping bra can make power-pumping sessions much more enjoyable. We highly recommend getting a bra that is compatible with pumping accessories so that you’re able to be hands free during these sessions.
- Use pumping spray: To reduce the amount of friction and pain you feel during long pumping sessions, try a pumping spray. It allows your skin to glide while pumping, making the process more comfortable and efficient. Alternatively, cooking oils can also be used to reduce friction and rubbing. .
- Soothe sore nipples: Look after your nipples! After power pumping, your nipples may be sore. Use a nipple cream (ie lanolin) to soothe and heal any irritation or discomfort.
Try Power Pumping Today!
If you're struggling with low breastmilk supply, power pumping is a great option to boost your milk production. With the right tools and some patience, you can increase your milk supply and ensure your baby is getting the nutrition they need. Subscribe to our blog for more breastfeeding tips and information about our products.