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October 24th, 2013, 01:46 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, 06:18 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, 07:22 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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September 29th, 2014, 10:46 AM
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My now 7 yr old DS didn't gain enough due to low supply. Since then, I got implants and thought this would even lessen my chances for success. Giving Bf'ing my all was a top priority. I attended a free class while pregnant and started taking fenugreek immediately in the hospital post-birth. The normal stresses of early BFing were tough but I am now so proud of my 5 mo old chunker!! Start envisioning that milk flowing(: I highly recommend giving it another chance.

ETA Lol, whoops... This was posted almost a yr ago

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October 2nd, 2014, 09:50 AM
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Kudos for considering pumping! Now...long story short for me, I had a nicu baby and pumping ended up being the best thing. We tried latching while he was there and it was such a frustrating mess. Having pumped basically from the beginning, I don't know any other way and I don't see pumping as a difficult thing. It just becomes part of your day.
Every time we went in for checkups (weekly) and I told them I was pumping, they said breastfeeding would make my life 'easier.' Breastfeeding can be easy for some and difficult for others and the same goes for pumping. Getting on a schedule is key. 7-8 times a day every 2-3 hours for the first two months at LEAST. Supply is established around the 12 week mark.
If there are any concerns regarding weight gain, pumping helps you see exactly how much your baby is eating. Definitely a plus for us since my son has endocrine disorders that have led to us having to watch his weight gain very closely.
I'm part of a facebook group called Exclusively Pumping Moms. They are awesome and give great support on everything pumping. Oversupply, undersupply, clogs, flange fit, pump brands. They can help with supplements (for you) and foods to eat that help with supply.

Looks like the original was posted a good while ago. But this can go for anyone else looking to pump exclusively. Pumping is hard, but so is breastfeeding. And eventually both just become part of your life. Don't feel pressured to do one or the other. Try it and see if it works for you.

ETA: If anyone is interested in pumping (exclusively or not) please feel free to PM me with any questions!
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