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Pumping Secrets - Breast Pump Aid
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By Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE, About.com Guide
Pumping Secrets was first handed to me by a lactation consultant and childbirth educator at a childbirth conference. She was raving about this CD. She was so excited I just nodded and promised that I would check into it.
Once I had a CD in my hot little hands, I too was raving. It is a brilliant idea! The CD contains an three tracks: one for breastfeeding. one for single pumping and one for double pumping, plus an instruction booklet.
Each track includes relaxing music as well as delightful baby sounds. It's the baby sounds that help you produce milk. Have you ever been in a store and heard a baby crying and suddenly you're letting down? This works on the same principle. The more you're able to stimulate this reflex, the more milk you produce either nursing or using a breast pump.
Pumping Secrets can be used for women who are breastfeeding, using an electric pump or a manual pump. The CDs can be used at home, at work or in the car. There is also a program in the works specifically for preemies.
I'd encourage anyone who is having supply issues to give this non-medicinal support a try. It is also great for increasing your supply when you're away from your baby such as during work.
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Why We Love It: Stimulating mom's nursing memory, soothing music and baby sounds lead her through the whole process, from prep, to switching breasts, to deep relaxation. Helps increase milk production and letdown reflex to make pumping easier and more efficient.
Reviewer Raves: "The music is very calming and helpful in creating a peaceful and serene environment. It definitely helped to relax me and was even nice to listen to when not nursing or pumping."
Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog
If you're a nursing and/or pumping mom, you may have wrestled with the demons of declining milk production, inhibited let down while pumping, and the overall stress of motherhood.
In the last few yeas some CDs have come on the market up to try to address these problems with guided relaxation exercises and meditations. This makes sense because both rituals and relaxation can help with milk let down and production. I listened to each of these CDs, and am sharing what I learned about each one here.
Pumping Secrets, by Jenniffer Milone, is a mom-designed CD aimed at helping mothers pump more milk. The feature which sets this recording apart is the sound of a baby nursing, with cooing, gulping, giggling, squealing, and fussing. These sounds are heard over a piano score, and there is no narration. Pumping Secrets contains three tracks: a 50 minute breastfeeding track, a 10 minute double-pumping track, and a 20 minute single pumping track.
The creator of Pumping Secrets is a mother of three who pumped at work, and who found that she could pump more milk if she listened to a recording of the sounds of her son nursing. Will listening to the sounds of someone else's baby nursing help you make and let down milk more easily, or will it just sound a little strange? It's certainly true that making milk is a hormonal process and our hormones can be triggered by emotional responses to sounds, smells, and visualizations. So, it seems worth a try. It would also certainly help to imagine that you're listening to the sounds of your own baby while listening to the cd.
Mind, Music & Milk
by Amy Spangler
Combining breastfeeding and working can be a challenge for even the most experienced mom.
If your work schedule requires that you be away from your baby, a breast pump may be the best option for providing breast milk for your baby, relieving breast fullness, and maintaining your milk supply. There are lots of breast pumps to choose from depending on your needs. The best breast pump is the one that works for you.
Milk expression (pumping), like breastfeeding, is a learned art—one that takes patience and practice. Some moms prefer to pump on a set schedule, others find it easier to pump whenever their breasts feel full or whenever it is convenient.
How often you express depends on your needs and the needs of your baby. Moms who return to work after six weeks will need to pump more often than moms who return to work after six months. If you use a breast pump, you should still learn to hand express, just in case. Hand expression is easy and economical.
Your first tries at expressing (by hand or with a pump) may produce only enough milk to cover the bottom of the collection container. That’s normal! It often takes several days or weeks before you see an increase in the amount of milk obtained.
There are lots of strategies for increasing the amount of milk obtained including applying warm compresses and massaging the breasts. Some moms find that listening to music, guided meditation, or relaxation and visual imagery techniques helps to stimulate milk release.
There are a number of CDs on the market expressly (no pun intended) for this purpose. The two I am most familiar with are Pumping Secrets by Jenniffer Milone and Breastfeeding Meditation by Sheri Menelli.
After returning to work, Milone struggled to meet the demands of her growing baby for breast milk. She was ready to stop breastfeeding until she discovered that by using her senses she could trigger a let-down response. She recorded the sounds of her son breastfeeding and combined them with piano music. The music may not appeal to every mother, but every mother will relate to the sounds of breastfeeding that only a baby can make. Menelli is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist who has taught relaxation techniques to more than 250 birth mothers. Her CD contains a series of meditations and affirmations designed specifically for breastfeeding moms.Breastfeeding Meditation contains no music—only what one mother describes as a lovely, soothing voice.
Both CDs highlight the need for mothers to discover pumping strategies that work. And to remember that babies are worth the effort.
Making More Milk
Mentioned in “The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk” by Diana West, IBCLC, and Lisa Marasco, M.A., IBCLC, in the important topic area of Relaxation.