The Pumping Playlist

12 tunes that will get your milk flowing.

Let’s be honest, most breast pumps sound like Darth Vader. The mechanical squeaking noises they make don’t exactly put you in a relaxed state of mind, and that’s a shame because the more relaxed a mom, the more oxytocin released, and the more milk produced.

If there ever was a time to pull out your favorite tunes, it’s now — while you’re pulling out your breast pump. That’s because a good soundtrack actually helps increase milk production. One study found that the volume of breast milk significantly increased after music therapy (by 2-3 times!). While music, visual meditation, and looking at photos of your baby helped the most, any kind of music worked.

So put in your earbuds and get ready to get the milk flowing with some of our favorite tunes. With a mix of motivational, relaxing and, well, just plain fun tunes, here’s your new favorite pump playlist!

1. Pump It, Black Eyed Peas
2. Flow, Sade
3. My Baby Just Cares For Me, Nina Simone
4. Pump Up The Jam, Technotronic
5. Orinoco Flow, Enya
6. Milk Bottle Symphony, Saint Etienne
7. Bodyrock, Moby
8. Isn’t She Lovely, Stevie Wonder
9. Pump, B-52s
10. Stronger, Kelly Clarkson
11. Let it Go, Frozen Soundtrack
12. Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby, Gillian Welch & Alison Krauss

Bonus tracks: For those who want to melt away while they make milk, try the Most Relaxing Songs of All Time according to science.

Pump on, mamas!

Amy VanHaren

Amy VanHaren

Amy is a seasoned working, nursing, traveling mom. She’s founder of pumpspotting, an app that connects breastfeeding women over milk and motherhood and helps them find, share, and rate the best places to nurse and pump. She splits her time between Maine and Northern California, and between digital storytelling for brands and bedtime storytelling for her two towheads.

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