If you're looking to increase your milk supply, chances are you've stumbled across many methods — each with varying levels of credibility. "Drink this tea to increase your supply." "Stop exercising and your supply will sky rocket." "Eat galactagogues for every meal, that's what worked for me." The advertisements and well-wishers are almost deafening, and it can be hard to sort through the myth and the fact. If the power pumping technique has come up in your quest, you might be hesitant about it's reliability to increase your supply. However, there are a few power pumping myths that are just as easy to believe, if you don't know the true facts about what power pumping is and what it accomplishes.
But before the myths are dispelled, it's important to know what is power pumping in the first place? Power pumping, according to Lansinoh, is a technique for using your breast pump that is meant to mimic the way a baby "cluster feeds," or nurses very frequently, during a growth spurt. When your baby cluster feeds, your supply is naturally increased via the supply and demand manner in which your body produces milk. The more milk that is removed, the more your body will replace.
Most guides, like Living With Low Milk Supply's comprehensive guide to power pumping, recommend pumping for an entire hour, for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. This, according to the site, will tell your body to produce more milk through stimulating the hormones that replace it.
Although the concept behind power pumping sounds logical, many are still skeptical that they can increase their supply with only diligent use of their breast pump. However, once these common myths are dispelled, you can see what power pumping really is: a tool that any mom can use to increase her supply.