In a small randomized controlled study of pumping mothers, researchers found that warming up breasts before using an electric breast pump is associated with a significant increase in the amount of breastmilk! A compress that was warmed up in a microwave was applied to one of the breasts for 20 minutes, and both breasts were stimulated by an electric breast pump for 15 minutes. The amount of breastmilk that was collected from the warmed breasts was significantly higher than that collected from the non-warmed breasts. One theory as to why: warming our breasts may aid the oxytocin reflex!1
- Flexible whether hot or cold and contours easily around breasts and breast shields
- Work with any traditional-shaped breast shield
- Help encourage milk let-down to reduce time spent pumping
Place covered packs around your breast shields or inside of your bra.
FOR HEAT THERAPY:
- Heat one pack at a time lying flat. Do not place cloth in microwave.
700 WATTS: 15 seconds
1,000 WATTS: 12 seconds
1,250 WATTS: 10 seconds
1,600 WATTS: 6 seconds
- Additional heating may be done in 5-second increments until the desired temperature is reached after the initial heating.
- Do not heat the pack for more than 20 seconds total.
- Place pack in cloth and always test the temperature of the pack before application.
FOR COLD THERAPY:
Place pack with the cloth in the freezer for at least 2 hours before use.
- For external use only. Do not use for purposes other than intended.
- Not to be used on infants, sensitive skin or open wounds.
- Heat one pack at a time lying flat.
- Do not place cloth in microwave. Test pack temperature prior to application.
- Do not use it for longer than 20 minutes at a time.
- Overheating or prolonged application may cause injury.
- Do not allow infants to chew on cloth or packs.
- Do not puncture pack. Do not ingest contents.
- Do not fall asleep using pack.
- Consult with your doctor regarding extended use. Seek the guidance of an IBCLC if you are developing mastitis.
- Store in a cool, dry place when not in use.