If you’re wanting to increase your milk supply when pumping, you might be asking:
“How Do I Pump More Breast Milk?”
Many mothers wonder how much milk they should be pumping and how to pump more milk.
If you’re pumping in the first place, you are off to a great start.
Here’s what you can do to pump more milk:
Use a Hospital-Grade Pump
Use a good quality, hospital-grade pump. Without a good strong pump like this, you just won’t pump nearly as much milk.
So choose a hospital-grade pump. An electric one – not some little battery-powered device, or a manual pump (you’ll be too tired before you pump enough).
And be sure to read the instructions, and use it correctly. And make sure it fits your breasts and nipples.
Pump Long Enough
Pump for at least 15 minutes.
Enlist Your Baby to Help
Studies show that direct skin-to-skin contact with your baby can lead to more breast milk production. So do that more often.
And having your baby nearby when pumping can help to stimulate your let-down reflex and get the breast milk flowing.
(If that’s not possible, even having a picture of your baby nearby can be helpful.)
Take Care of Yourself
Try your best to eat a well-balanced diet with enough calories, drink plenty of fluids, and get some rest.
Maybe even add some herbal galactagogues (such as fenugreek) to your diet.
Try using self-care techniques.
The better your body’s health, the more milk you will be able to produce and pump.