Power pump...always?

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Registered: 02-08-2010
Power pump...always?
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Sat, 05-15-2010 - 5:45pm

Hi Ladies--

I pump 5x/day and always power pump (pump for 15min, stop for 10, continue for 10 min, and will pump for another 8 min if DD allows me to). Each session therefore takes close to 45min since I stop in between and since I get letdowns twd the end too. Do I always need to power pump for each and every session to maintain my supply (currently 25-28/oz and supplement with one bottle since my DD drinks a lot for a 5 mo old).

THANKS!
Jenn

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Registered: 03-13-2008
Mon, 05-17-2010 - 8:37am

I'm not sure what you're doing is really power pumping or just breaking up your sessions!?

 

 

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Registered: 04-12-2009
Mon, 05-17-2010 - 10:23am

I am new at EPing so I may not have good advice but I thought that power pumping was like watching an hour long show and pumping during comercials... not all day and not for 15 min. at a time. I also think I read somewhere on here that you only need to do it a few times a week (i'd do it once a day if you are trying to get mroe)


As for me I get a 2nd let down about 10-12 min. after I started pumping. Also I have to squeese my boobs to get much out. IE: only 2-3 oz. total without squesing, and 4-5 with compressions. So bummer but hands free bra doesnt work for me.


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Registered: 02-08-2010
Sat, 05-22-2010 - 9:22pm
I guess what I do is a modified power pump and this stop and go has worked well for me. I go for 15min first and get multiple letdowns (3-4), stop for 10 min when it's not productive anymore, resume for 10 more min (get 2-3 letdowns and an extra oz), rest for 10 min and finish up with another 10 min (to get one final oz). I suppose instead of watching TV for the hr, I just get up and do chores that need to get done. This has really built supply, as I get about 2extra oz from each session, but it IS time consuming (45min-hr/session). If I go for 30 min straight, I don't get as many letdowns so that's why I decided to let my boobs rest in btwn.