Low breast milk supply is bothering me night and day and luckily I learnt something useful from my friend, Intan. According to her sister, power pumping may helps to increase milk supply. I did some research on power pumping and finally found this note from Angie through Mobimotherhood. She shares her experience dealing with low milk supply and how to Increase Milk Supply through:
- Food, Beverages, Herbs and Medications
- Pumping and Techniques of Milk Expressions including power pumping technique
What is power pumping?
"Power pumping is a technique that can be helpful in building a milk supply.Power pumping involves using regular pumping techniques and setup, but in a unique way. The idea is to mimic a baby who is nursing frequently to increase a mother’s supply, as is common in the nursing relationship during a growth spurt. To power pump, hook-up as you would for a normal pumping session, pump for 10-20 minutes, rest 10 minutes, then pump another 10 minutes, then rest for 10 minutes, then pump again for 10 minutes. The mother does this for about an hour, once per day, to increase supply. At other pumping times during the day, routine pumping is used. It can take about a week to see an increase, so don’t get discouraged." quoted from mobimotherhood article by Angie Cannon
I tried the power pumping technique for the first time last night with extra effort of drinking homemade herbal drink consist of fanugreek (halba), cumin and aniseed (jintan manis dan jintan putih), cinnamon stick (kulit kayu manis), cloves (cengkih), galangal (lengkuas) and ginger (halia). The main ingredient to boost milk supply is actually the fanugreek but the rest have their own health benefits for women like halia untuk buang angin, kulit kayu manis untuk batuk and lengkuas untuk buang lemak or kurus (my mom yang cakap..I percaya aje...) This herbal drink also appeared in this entry before.
Some people get the result immediately after the first session of 1 hour power pumping but some may need more. As advised by Angie, please give yourself few days up to a week to see the result.
My result???.......will be the next entry with additional few days of power pumping outcomes.I'm now having my second session. Intan said, her sister's BM increased immediately after her first try..Alangkah bertuahnya...Her son is still exclusively breastfed and reaching his first birthday soon.. Again, alangkah bertuahnya baby Shaq..
Insyaallah I will try my best to fully (exclusively) breastfeed adik2 Dhani nanti..Saya akan buat tindakan drastik jika perlu..Insyaallah!!! Saya dah niat dalam hati..
Maaf Dhani... Mama kurang ilmu berkenaan BF untuk anak pertama. Better late than never, I will keep trying to maintain if not to increase my milk supply at least until Dhani turn 2.. U deserve the best dear..I love u so much..