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October 24th, 2013, 12:46 PM
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I am having my second child. Breastfeeding with my first didn't work out. I thought it was working, but we went for checkups the first three weeks of his life and he wasn't gaining, so we tried supplementing which was exhausting especially since you're already getting little sleep. I would pump, and sit at the pump for an hour only to get 1 or 2 oz. I gave up after those 3 weeks and was very heartbroken. My child is almost 3 years old now, and in considering having a second, whether to bf or not has been a serious source of anxiety for me.

I think EP might be the thing for me.
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October 24th, 2013, 05:18 PM
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It's doable. A lot of work, but doable. There are some others around who have (or are still) EPd. You might consider giving it a try again, though...every baby and every experience is so different. You never know--it could go very differently the second time. That has been the case for several people I know. I'd definitely recommend a hands free pumping bra, and learning to pump while feeding baby or doing other things.

If you haven't already, check out kellymom.com. Lots of good info on breastfeeding, pumping, EPing, etc. And either way, good luck!
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October 25th, 2013, 06:22 AM
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I dont know if anyone would recommend EPing as a first choice. It is a lot of work, basically you double feeding time (pumping and then bottle feeding), plus you have to clean it. Dont count nursing out right away, it may work out differently this time.
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