Pumping breast milk can sometimes be a daunting task for moms who are worried if they’re producing enough for their little one.
Which may be why lactation consultant’s hack for easing the stress of pumping is going viral on social media.
The lactation consultant wrote:
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.
Are you someone who sits and watches the trickle of milk, if any, that comes when pumping? Do you get stressed or sad…
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! 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 told USA Today that putting a sock over the bottle works because moms sometimes produce less “when they are watching the bottle and getting stressed about the amount being produced.”
She said moms need to release the “feel-good hormone” oxytocin to produce milk and levels can go down if they’re feeling stressed.
The lactation consultant added:
“If you cover the bottle and instead focus on things that don’t produce any stress, then the oxytocin can flow, your milk can be released out of your breast, and the bottle fills much more successfully.”
Many moms on Facebook said that they loved the advice because they often found themselves worried during pumping sessions. One mother wrote:
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
Would you try this pumping hack? Let us know in the comments.