Susan and Connor (15 months)
Margaret and Olivia
I pump because I do not seem to be able to BF sucessfully. The first time (6 years ago) I tried for 10 days but stopped because of latching problems, reflux, and painful nipples (I have inverted nipples). I was devastated not to be able to BF (especially in NZ where the rates of BFing are very high, and I think it contributed to my postnatal depression.
The next time I tried again for 11 days with more support and knowledge. There were no latching or reflux problems but in the end the pain became too much and I stopped again - but continued to pump because my maternity nurse told me she once had a client who had done it for 8 weeks for twins. A few weeks later I found this board and haven't looked back since!
Victoria and Sophia (5 and a half months)
Felicity and Annabel (4 months)
Once we got home we started the cycle of bfing, bottle, pumping. I was told to wake him every 3 hours to feed, so I was maybe getting 1- 1 1/2 hours in between his feedings. He began to start screaming everytime I tried to bf, and this led to a horribly stressful experience! At this point I decided to ep and work on bfing occasionally.
I did finally get my DS to latch without the use of the nipple shield we had been using, but then sore nipples (cause still unknown) kept me from bfing all the time. It was a catch-22: I think the pump causes it, but he wasn't bfing well enough to stop pumping!
Now, he bf occasionally- he does seem to enjoy it, but only for comfort and entertainment! I certainly would not choose to ep again if I have the choice, but it is an option that I am thankful for and one that women need to know about.
Stephanie and Graeme (born at 31 weeks 12-16-02)
An interesting side note...
My ds #1 who was exclusively formula fed has battled ear infections since he was an infant, and has probably had 12-15 in his 2.5year life span.
My ds #2 who is primarily EBM fed has not had a single ear infection yet!!!
~Mel (reidenreillysmama) Long Term Goal 6mos...I made it, and am proudly hangin' up my horns!!
RobinEP'ing for Yuri 3/3/03
~~~~~Robin and Yuri 1 year~~~~~
With my DS (now 2.5mo old) I was sure lucky -- DS seemed to be an aggresive feeder and latched on and fed really well. I exclusively breastfed him until he was 2 mo. Like last time I do want to return back to work when baby gets 3 mo so I started transitioning him to bottles of BM. Guess what, soon the baby figured out it is lot less work sucking milk from a bottle than BBs and prefers bottle for serious feedings now. Takes on BB only for comfort, and for night time feedings (thank goodness I dont have to fix bottles in the middle of the night this time yet!). I am happy with the setup -- gives me lot more freedom during the day, also EPing ensures that I am producing enough and he is eating enough (now that he can focus his eyes, he gets really distracted while on breast and does not eat very well). He is ready and I am ready to start FT work starting in another 10 days :-)