Power Pumping- How to do it???

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Power Pumping- How to do it???

Postby wannabmommee » Sat May 26, 2012 12:41 am

I'm a new FTM...my DD just turned 1 month on Monday. I've been able to put her on the boob but I supplement with formula since the day she was born due to minor complications at the hospital and we weren't able to bf right away.

Last week she has been doing something new, she has been on the boob and moaning/groaning while on and pulling while still sucking and then she gets agitated and then keeps sucking. She does it a few times and then I get frustrated because it starts to hurt and just take her off and ff.

Am I not producing enough for her to become fulfilled & fulfill her satiation? I try to pump after a feed, but I don't always do it. I get about an ounce on each boob at every pump session.

I currently take 4 tabs of fenugreek 3/day. I want to power pump but not sure what that means (I've read a lot about it on these posts but not sure how you guys do it). How often do you power pump? Every hour? And if so, what if she gets hungry right after a pump session and I'm dry? Do our boobs make more automatically and right away to fulfill her? I would also like to start producing a stash in the freezer, but not sure if I'll be able to.

Any help would be fantastic! Thanks ladies!
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Postby LaraE » Sat May 26, 2012 4:47 am

I thinkthere is a link at the top called How to Increase Your Supply that includes instructions on power pumping. I've heard great things about it but never tried it myself.

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Postby thirdtimesacharm » Tue May 29, 2012 6:13 am

I know our first thought is always supply but I wonder if she could have reflux? Just the arching back and pulling away and being fussy while eating are all common symptoms. Maybe worth asking your doctor.
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Postby jessm » Tue May 29, 2012 8:34 am

My LC told me the way power pumping is done has changed. She told me to power pump for 5 minutes every hour for 1 day. Try to get 10-12 pumpings in. That should mimic a growth spurt.
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Postby wannabmommee » Sat Jun 02, 2012 2:06 am

thirdtimes- yes - she does have reflux! She still does it, but I noticed it's not that there isn't any milk..she did it about less than a minute after she latched on and there was a TON of milk in her mouth and she started coughing- like she was choking :(

Jessm- thanks for the info on power pumping. I'll try that this weekend!
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Re: Power Pumping- How to do it???

Postby rkegreen » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:01 am

wannabmommee wrote:Last week she has been doing something new, she has been on the boob and moaning/groaning while on and pulling while still sucking and then she gets agitated and then keeps sucking. She does it a few times and then I get frustrated because it starts to hurt and just take her off and ff.



What you explained sounds like she is frustrated. When you bottle feed (doesn't matter formula or bm) it comes out faster. They don't have to work for it.

With nursing, she actually has to do some work. First she has to suck and suck to get the let down. It will flow fast. THen after the let down, she has to suck and suck and suck to swallow milk.

I don't think it is your supply at all.

My LC told me not to take fenugreek. (I did with DD1 though, but won't with DD2)
She said because it isn't regulated, the pills might not be potentinet enough. My thought would make lactation cookies. Perfect conconction of yummy goodness and ingredients to increase your supply. Try eating oatmeal and just spend a weekend watching girlie movies and having DD attached. Just keep switching back and forth. And drink LOTS and LOTS of water!

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Postby rkegreen » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:36 am

OH yea, and somewhere I read (and I think it really works) eat more protein.

On days I make protein shakes or eat protein for breakfast I can pump pretty good.
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Postby jessm » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:55 am

increasing your fiber works also. ditto on the water!
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