Mothers who breastfeed will often lament that this so-called "natural" process can feel anything but natural. There are cracked nipples to contend with, battery-operated this, hands-free that, and then the dreaded supply issues. There are several things women can try to increase their milk supply, but one that really stands out as the surefire booster is power pumping. There is a lot of success with power pumping and, if done right, it's touted as a supply savior. If it's not working, it could be because you're making some power pumping mistakes that are having the opposite effect on your supply.
Power pumping is a technique used by nursing mothers to increase their milk supply for a baby going through a growth spurt, or for a baby who seemingly wants to cluster feed through a fussy time (this happens to a lot of babies during dinnertime). In both situations, the baby may feed every hour or constantly, according to Kelly Mom. If you can't physically be there to respond to those cues via a non-stop feeding session, you'll need to find another way to cluster feed. The general idea with power pumping is to mimic the experience of cluster feeding and stimulate the extra production of milk. After all, it's widely known that human milk follows the supply and demand cycle. By practicing power pumping you're essentially "demanding" more from your breasts and hopefully they respond with the supply you need or want.
Whether you've been at the power pump thing for a while or you're just getting started, there are some common mistakes to look out for. Here are nine things to keep in mind if you're currently power pumping or plan on trying soon.