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lecialefty 07-27-2012 08:54 AM

EP by choice
Anybody care to share your experience? I'm strongly considering it. Dd2 takes a bottle of expressed milk well so I'm not worried about that part. I plan to purchase a new pisa as well to replace the six year old pis that I have. Any other suggestions or tips?

Sarah-B 07-27-2012 08:56 AM

What is ep?

lecialefty 07-27-2012 09:25 AM

Exclusively pumping

abunchoflemons 07-27-2012 10:15 AM

Re: EP by choice
I have my pump from almost 8 yrs ago I am going to use. Heat b4 u pump & pump both together. I would try to massage as well when u pump. if that's what u were talking about.

newmommy13 07-27-2012 10:52 AM

Re: EP by choice
I think theres a chance your supply could dip. I would rent a symphony rather than but a new pisa.

Eping is really hard and a major pitb. However i think i understand why you want to do this from reading your other posts. If you are not very dedicated it will be easy to stop, which i think would be fine too. :hugs: im sorry you are struggling.

lecialefty 07-27-2012 05:40 PM

Re: EP by choice
Thank you. :hugs:

DragonflyMama 07-29-2012 07:56 AM

Re: EP by choice
Why would you want to?

I had considered BF'ing for the first year and then switching to EP because I was not sure how comfortable I would be nursing an older child, now I would KILL to be able to BF, my son was in the NICU for a month and Im stuck EP'ing for two years....Its not fun, its a massive time consumer, time I could be otherwise spending with my son bonding and caring for him, or cleaning the house, or taking a shower.

Its painful, my nipples are never not blistered and purple....I just dont understand why anyone would choose this if they could otherwise breastfeed.

keen1981 07-29-2012 08:01 AM

I wouldn't consider it if baby takes breast. It's honestly a lot more work.

cassie.sattler 07-29-2012 08:08 AM

Re: EP by choice
my lo is a slow and lazy nurser usually only snacking (wake up eat for five nap for fifteen off and on for a few hours) some times i got really frustrated and i tried it for a few days which went well but i was tired and missed the cuddle times. the work ethic involved with pumping, cleaning, heating bottles was more time consuming then whipping a boob out. night time feeds where also much harder. i would say that if you wanted to try and take a break and give it a day or two and ponder your results it never hurt my supply or anything.

lo is still lazy and there are still alot of bottles of bm after i nurse him but im just thankful there is no formula.

kocho 07-29-2012 08:20 AM

Re: EP by choice
I've had some of my girls mention that they get as much using hand expresion after they pump as they do pumping. This makes sense as the baby naturally does a combination of suction and compression and the pump can only do suction. It's work a try.

I do always warn my girls that EP is all the work of breastfeeding and all the work of bottle feeding. And though I have some who continue EP long term, most of the time the supply drops, they begin supplementing with formula and before long they stop altogether.

But a committed mom can make it work. If your baby will latch at all, I would suggest a combination of nursing and pumping. Even if the baby isn't an efficient nurser the extra stimulation will help up your supply.

As for myself, my son is missing a muscle in his mouth. I didn't know that at the time. I pumped for about a month for him with a cheapo pump before giving up. One of my biggest regrets. But I nursed DD for 18 months with some pumping for outings.

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