Let's find out why our breast milk supply could be decreasing, even though we have pumped very regularly...
#1: NOT PUMPING FOR LONG ENOUGH⠀
You may have the best breast pump in the world, namely Medela Freestyle Flex, Spectra 9 Plus, Cimilre F1 or Lacte Duet Omnia or Youha Onyx and etc..., but if you are not pumping for long enough then you may not be getting the maximum amount of breast milk you can pump in that session.⠀
A breast pump does not stimulate your breasts as a baby can; it will probably take longer so 5 minutes just won’t cut it.⠀
It is generally recommended to pump for about 15-30 min, each time if you are using a double Electric pump. ⠀
#2: THINKING THAT MISSING SESSIONS WILL INCREASE BREAST MILK⠀
We all have busy schedules and may miss a pumping session here or there which generally is fine as long as your are diligent about keeping to your pumping/feeding schedule. ⠀
⚖Breastfeeding is based on supply and demand.⠀
The less you pump the body will think your baby does not need to be fed and that your baby needs less milk⠀
It WILL NOT increase your milk supply by missing pumping sessions.⠀
One of the biggest inhibitors of milk supply is not removing milk frequently enough whether that is via pumping or nursing. ⠀
3. NOT KEEPING TO A SCHEDULE⠀
⏰If a schedule is not established your body will think there is a baby that doesn’t need that milk and will produce less breast milk.⠀
Your body produces more prolactin; the hormone that promotes milk production when you breastfeed at night.⠀
So pumping during the night is essential to keep up milk production. This is if you are not nursing directly at night. To increase the breast milk supply, it's recommended to add in 1 pumping session at night.
4. CHOOSING A WRONG BREAST PUMP⠀
Some cheap breast pumps are cheap for a reason. ⠀
Some cheap breast pumps can damage the nipples and breast tissue, by pulling only the nipples and not mimicking the suckling pattern of our baby by massaging the whole areola area. Having the right pump will make a huge difference in the amount of milk you’ll be able to express. ⠀
If you’re using a hand pump or a low-quality electronic pump, you may not be expressed enough to keep up your supply. ⠀
💸Investing in a double breast pump; will make a huge difference!⠀Speak to us at Fabulous Mom (www.fabulousmom.com) or visit our stores for one to one consultation and free trial of breast pump. Our breast pump comes with 3 Years Service Warranty and we have our own breast pump service centre. Click on this link for our store locations: https://fabulousmom.com/pages/retail-outlets
#5: USING THE WRONG FLANGE SIZE⠀
A bad fitting flange can give you sore nipples and breasts, clogged ducts and can damage your breast tissues. ⠀
⚠If the process hurts, then you must have a wrong flange size that could be the culprit. Using the wrong size flange is more likely to leave you with less pumped milk and a lower milk supply since they won’t effectively emptying your breasts. Again, you may speak to us to assist you in getting the right flange size. :)
Happy breastfeeding, fabulous moms!