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    How to get more letdowns & maximize your milk output

    How to Get More Letdowns and Maximize Your Pump Output:⁣
    1️⃣ Ensure that you're using the optimal flange size. The best flange fit should maximize your milk output without causing pain or discomfort. Check out the hashtag #lmflangefridays for more info.⁣
    2️⃣ Start your pump in stimulation mode (fast speed, lower suction) until a letdown is triggered. Then switch to expression mode (slower speed, higher suction) while the milk is flowing and increase to your maximum COMFORTABLE suction level -- this varies for each person. ⁣
    3️⃣ Apply warm compresses to your breasts, back and shoulders for about 5-10 minutes before pumping. You can then slide the heat packs into your pumping bra to continue heating your breasts while pumping. ⁣
    4️⃣ Try doing deep breathing exercises/guided meditation or listen to the Feher relaxation recording. (See Feher Guide highlight for more info). ⁣
    5️⃣ Look at videos and pictures of your baby or watch a funny tv show/scroll through social media. Try not to stare at the pump bottles. ⁣
    6️⃣ Massage your breasts before and while pumping. See the Challenge highlight for demo videos on hands on pumping. ⁣
    7️⃣ When your milk flow slows, switch back to stimulation mode on your pump to see if you can trigger another letdown. ⁣
    8️⃣ When milk flow slows to a trickle, stop pumping and massage each breast for 1-2 minutes. You can then choose to continue double pumping, single pump (using both hands and the pump on one side and then the other) or hand express to complete the session. ⁣

    Later into your breastfeeding journey, you may notice it takes longer to trigger a letdown. This is common both with a baby at breast and with long-term pumping. What works early on may change over time. Some women report improved results later in lactation, after they change to a different pump or use a different flange that fits the breast better.

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