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Power Pumping

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Many mothers struggle with their milk supply when their babies are around four months or when they return to work.

Other than bringing your baby to your breast, the next best way to naturally increase milk supply is to power pump. Power pumping, even when no milk is coming out, signals to the breasts that there is a demand and the body would start to produce more. Most mothers should see their milk supply slowly and steadily increase after a few days of power pumping.

Here's how to power pump:

  1. Express for 20 minutes
  2. Rest for 10 minutes
  3. Express for 10 minutes
  4. Rest for 10 minutes
  5. Express for 10 minutes
  6. Rest for 10 minutes

I power pump whenever required to help with keeping my supply up, especially since I am a full-time working mother. Some mothers have power pumping weekends and do it a few times each day. Some others power pump for an hour or two each evening until they are satisfied with their supply.

However often you choose to power pump, it is important that you drink, eat, and rest well to support your body in producing nutritious milk for your child.

Also, choose a good quality closed system double electric breast pump (such as Unimom Allegro# or Unimom Forte#) to help ensure that the milk is efficiently and hygienically expressed.

This post is dedicated to Allison Stratton, who had requested for more information on power pumping.

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