Power Pumping: A trick to build supply

By Carrie Bruno

February 21, 2019

Carrie is the founder of The Mama Coach. She is a RN, IBCLC lactation consultant, sleep consultant and mama of two little guys. She leads the nationwide team of Mama Coaches and is committed to making motherhood easier.

Power pumping… it sounds like a work out! But it isn’t!

This is our number one trick as Mama Coaches when talking about supply. As Registered Nurses, we assess why a mama’s supply may have dropped, but this is a solution to help maintain and build up supply while we figure out why your supply is low or may have dropped.

What is power pumping?

Why does it work?

It essentially mimics your baby having a growth spurt. You know those days where your babe just can’t get enough? Power pumping mimics the vigorous, frequent sucking of a baby that is growing, which triggers your body to release more prolactin, which in turn, MAKES MORE MILK!

How often should you do it?

Power pumping is great because it saves you time in the day. Pumping after feeds all day long is extremely exhausting as you have a baby (and sometimes a toddler) to parent in the day! Power pumping can be done after your littles are in bed, and you are relaxing in front of the television. Way less stressful than attempting to pump with a fussy baby and a toddler who is ripping apart the house!

Power pumping a few times is usually enough to boost your supply back to where it was. After that you should be okay, but if you notice another drop, start again. You won’t see a ton of volume (milk pumped) while you do this, as your milk supply is at its lowest late in the evening and that is okay! It is the stimulation we are looking for!

What kind of pump?

A double electric pump works the best for power pumping. Jillian Harris loves the Willow Pump and it has worked great for her! We also love the Spectra pump and the Medela pump in style.

But, use whatever you have! If you only have a single pump, use it but also massage your breasts with your hands while you pump. A hot shower before starting helps too!

Signs you could have low supply

Low supply is a common worry we hear about at The Mama Coach. As mamas, we want to ensure we have enough milk for our babes. And usually, we do! Signs that you should reach out for help with your supply are:

  • your baby is not gaining weight
  • your baby is not having enough wet and dirty diapers each day
  • your baby cries at the breast
  • your baby is very unsettled in between feeds

We also help mamas get their babies sleeping better! As Registered nurses, we look extensively at feeding, development, weight gain, and your child’s circadian rhythm to determine the best way to find sleep. This also includes maintaining your supply! Giving your baby sleep skills without a plan to maintain supply could end up with you having major supply issues.

If you have questions about your supply, we offer a a variety of packages that can help answer your questions. And all of our sleep packages include feeding support, so you can have a babe that feeds beautifully and sleeps! Check out our feeding packages here, and our sleep packages here.

Questions? We can help! Reach out today and let’s get started! Happy pumping!

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