For many moms, increasing their milk supply is a top priority. Whether they have a low supply (which is generally rare,) or simply want to increase their supply to save as a stockpile for later use, wondering how to go about increasing your milk supply is a common question. If you use a breast pump, learning how to power pump to make more milk can be an incredibly helpful technique that will up your supply if you stick with it.
But first, what exactly is power pumping? According to Lansinoh, one of the leading breast pump producers, power pumping is a method of breast pumping that is meant to mimic the way a baby cluster feeds, thereby increasing your milk supply through quick bursts of pumping in a short period of time.
To practice power pumping, you only need an uninterrupted hour (I know, a whole hour of solitude to a new mom is a rarity, but it will be worth it) and your breast pump. Although power pumping looks a bit differently from mom to mom, applying these simple tips will ensure that your milk supply increases. Some moms notice a difference within 48 hours, but some have to stick with it for a week or more. The key, as discussed below, is to stick with it so your body can properly adjust to creating more milk.
It may sound complicated at first, but once you get the hang of power pumping through these five steps, low supply will be a thing of the past.