TemptestBeauty and I have been texting each other for several days now. She is an amazing woman, who is still struggling to nurse her little girl named Ruby also.
She explained an awesome pumping trick to me that has helped bring my milk supply in big time. I was only pumping 8oz/day. Now, 4 days later, I’m pumping 15oz/day. And it’s still going up! I’m hopeful now that I may not have to find donor milk by November afterall.
This is also a huge step toward getting Ruby back to the breast. I have to have milk for her to drink, don’t I? Well, It’s getting to the point that I do!
The pumping trick is actually quite simple. The point is to create letdowns so that you can pump the milk out of the breast. After the first letdown from the pump is finished, you take the pump off and stimulate your nipples to create a letdown. Then pump the milk. Then create a letdown. Then pump the milk off until you have no milk left in the breast.
There are different ways to stimulate the nipple to create a letdown. Something may work the first time, but not the second time. To stimulate the nipples you can massage, rub, flick, roll them between you fingers from side to side, or from back to front. Try different motions until it feels good. Mine tingle a little. This may sound kind of funny, but stay with me. Oxytocin is the “love hormone.” Although this isn’t sexual, it will feel similar to something sexual because it involves the same hormones. That good feeling (whether sexual or not) triggers the release of oxytocin, which causes letdowns. Once you find a motion that creates this feeling, you just keep doing it for a minute or two. Then pump. It’s that simple.