Breastfeeding can be a stressful time especially if a mom is trying to pump milk to have more on hand when they need it. Pumped milk comes in handy if you want to go out for an evening or simply have someone else take over feeding duties when needed. Many women who return to the workforce and still want to breastfeed their children rely on pumped breastmilk when they're at work too. Pumping can often be as stressful as breastfeeding, hoping that your supply will be plentiful enough to provide what is needed for your baby. One woman recently shared her genius hack for producing more milk while pumping that every breastfeeding woman is going to want to try immediately!
Milk and Motherhood's lactation consultant Johanna Sargeant recently shared her hack on the site's Facebook page that showed how an infant sock could make all the difference in increasing your milk supply. "Are you someone who sits and watches the trickle of milk, if any, that comes when pumping? Do you get stressed or sad about your output?" she asked at the beginning of her post. Of course, this is a reality for so many women.
Sargeant shares that like many other women she would often stress about how much milk she was able to produce when pumping. "When I was told to pump after feeding to boost supply, I'd sit there and watch. I'd double pump for twenty minutes after ever feed, and become more and more demoralised at the lack of milk in that bottle. I realised that, for my own mental health, I needed to stop watching! Easier said than done. Enter the baby sock."
Sargeant's baby sock idea is so clever you'll wonder why you didn't think of it first. She decided to cover the bottle she was pumping into with a baby sock so she wouldn't be obsessively watching it to see how much milk she was producing. She felt that by not allowing herself to be distracted and obsessed with what she was producing, she was able to relax more, which resulted in an increase in her milk supply.
"Now I advise mamas to put a sock over their pumping bottle, and it has been getting incredible results. Some women are reporting often 2-3 times more milk when they remove themselves mentally from the result of their pumping session!" She went on to explain the science behind why this method is working for many women. "We know that oxytocin release is inhibited by stress, and oxytocin release is required for letdowns, so if you find you are getting stressed while watching, try it!"
Sargeant's simple explanation really resonated with many moms, many who were disappointed they hadn't heard about this hack when they were pumping.
"Such great advice - wish I’d thought of that in my early pumping days, I used to get so stressed," wrote one mama.
" Wow- wish I had thought of this when I was pumping!" wrote another.
Other moms couldn't wait to try it out. "I’m stressing over this as I’m going away for the night next weekend so I’ve been pumping will feeding. To get a supply going in freezer I get 100ml per session but would love to get more I’m definitely going to try this. Thank you x."
Sargeant's post has gone viral with almost four thousand comments from other moms who can't wait to try out this hack or wish they had known about it when they were breastfeeding. While it may not work for everyone, it's definitely worth a try.