How To Move or Drop a Pump Session

Apr 12, 2023 | Breast Pumping, decreased supply, dip in supply | 0 comments

If you’re a breast pumping mom looking to move or drop a session, here’s a guide on how to do it smoothly. Many moms aim to drop a middle-of-the-night pump session, so let’s focus on transitioning from a 2:00 a.m. session to a more convenient time.

Moving the Pump Session:

1. **Day zero:** Pump at 2:00 a.m.
2. **Day one:** Pump at 2:30 a.m.
3. **Day three:** Pump at 3:00 a.m.
4. **Day five:** Pump at 3:30 a.m.
5. **Day seven:** Pump at 4:00 a.m.

Some moms may choose to nurse or pump around 4:00-5:00 a.m. If not, continue shifting the session by half an hour until you reach your preferred time.

Benefits of Gradual Transition:

By moving the session every other day, you:

1. Won’t allow your breasts to get full too quickly;
2. Won’t allow your ducts to swell causing engorgement;
3. Will allow your breasts to acclimate to the change;
4. Will reduce the risk of clogs.

This gradual method should help you maintain your milk supply!

Addressing Supply Decrease:

If you notice a decrease in supply after you drop a pump session, take these steps:

Power Pumping: Schedule a dedicated time for power pumping. If, after three days, your supply doesn’t rebound significantly, consider the next steps.
Reintroduce a Pump Session: Add a 15-30 minute pump session back into your routine for a few days. For instance, if you shifted from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., consider adding a pump at 5:00 a.m. Morning sessions often yield better results due to higher Prolactin levels.
Alternative Pumping Times: If the early morning session doesn’t suffice, add another session later in the day.

Remember, if integrating a 15-minute session is challenging, some moms opt for power pumping once every three days to maintain supply. Adjusting your pumping schedule is a personalized journey, so pay attention to your body’s responses and adapt accordingly.

Optimize your lactation routine with these helpful tips!

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