What is power pumping?
Power pumping is pumping repeatedly over a short time to increase the amount of milk produced. This can also be done with manual expression, so a better name for the approach may be power expressing. There are many variations of this practice and there is little research to recommend one over another. Power expressing can be very tiring and should only be done if effective in increasing milk supply and only for a few days at most. One option is to switch from one breast to the other over 30 minutes, expressing from each breast for 5 minutes at a time. Alternatively, over one hour mothers can double express for 10 minutes, rest for 10, double express for another 10, rest for 10, and then double express again for 10. Another method is to express frequently over a full day, expressing for 5 to 10 minutes whenever possible to a maximum of once every 45 minutes.