Woman’s Hack Helps Mums Produce More Milk When Pumping
One woman has shared a hack for mums who struggle to pump enough breast milk for their little ones, and it's been hailed as "astonishing" by other parents.
The hack is super simple as it uses just a sock - and it all starts in your mind.
"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?" reads the post shared by Milk and Motherhood's lactation consultant Johanna Sargeant.
Like many other mums, the more Johanna stressed over the amount of milk she pumped, the less that she could produce.
She continued: "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."
Johanna puts the sock over the bottle attached to the pump to help take her mind off the amount of milk which she is producing - and it seems it works like a charm.
She continued: "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!"
Explaining the science behind it, she adds: "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!"
And the Facebook page's followers were quick to vouch for the tip's effectiveness.
"I never thought to use a sock, but as soon as I started watching Netflix instead of scrolling thru Facebook at work while I pumped, my output increased [sic]," posted one, sharing another similar hack.
"I always try to keep myself from looking and it really does work," offered another.
While somebody else replied: "I wish I had thought of this. I don't pump anymore but it may have helped."
"Just realized this yesterday, I usually watch the pump and I do get discouraged but yesterday morning I was reading about becoming a doula and got lost in the reading and finally I looked down and there was sooo much more milk. I was astonished," typed a fourth.
The post now has over 10,000 likes and 8,000 shares.
Featured Image Credit: Johanna Sargeant