4 Reasons Why You Aren't Pumping As Much Milk
Let's face: it pumping isn't exactly glamorous or fun. It can be frustrating when you spend so much of your time on a machine to only pump a few ounces at a time. Don't worry momma it's NORMAL!
CHECK YOUR PUMP
To help get the most out of your pumping sessions make sure that your breast shields are properly fitting. An ill-fitting breast shield can hinder your milk output. Also, make sure your pump’s membranes are changed regularly to ensure proper suction.
EVERY NURSING MOM IS DIFFERENT
Don't judge how much your baby is getting by how much you pump. Babies are way more efficient at getting milk out than a pump is. To help release more milk while pumping, try massaging your breasts or apply a warm compress. Also, try and relax. Easier said than done right?! Stress is your milk supply’s enemy. Take a deep breath and let the milk flow!
SET REALISTIC GOALS
Don't set yourself up for failure by starting with unrealistic goals. Milk production takes time and hard work to set up. Expecting to sit down and pump 10 ounces on day 2 of breastfeeding isn't realistic. Remember, everything gets better with practice.
SET UP A PUMPING SCHEDULE
For those moms who exclusively pump, a set schedule is key. A routine of regular pumping sessions can maximize your milk production. This will also help alleviate clogged milk ducts. No one has time for that!