Is pumping a problem for you? Don’t stress—seriously. Stressing over milk production may lower your output, making it harder to pump. That is, until you follow lactation consultant Johanna Sargeant’s genius hack.

So how does Sargeant stop stressing during pumping sessions? Instead of staring at the bottle, only to watch nothing but air fill it, she came up with the brilliant idea of hiding the goods behind a baby sock.

Simply slip the sock over the bottle and your source of stress magically disappears. In a recent post on the Milk and Motherhood Facebook page, Sargeant wrote of her hack, “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 also added, ” Some women are reporting often 2-3 times more milk when they remove themselves mentally from the result of their pumping session!” Go ahead and grab a baby sock (because you only have a zillion mismatched pairs), cover the bottle up and get to pumping!

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—Erica Loop

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