I decided to EP because I wanted to fed BM and BFing did not go well for us. First of all, despite attending a 3 hour BFing class before DD was born, I didn't know/remember how to BF. The hospital I gave birth at only had 1 LC on staff and it turned out she was on vacation the week I had DD. So despite being in the hospital 5 days and 3 MD written orders and numerouse requests on my part- No LC. DD lost 10% of her body weight before we were discharged. DH and MIL were convinced I was starving her and that if I would just fed formula I would know how much she is getting each fed. Well, the stress certainly set in and I did fed formula for a couple of days. I thought my milk would just dry up because I was convinced that I didn't have any. LOL It didn't and I became engorged. After lurking on this board, desparate for help but too ashamed to ask for it, I rushed ordered a PIS and have been pumping ever since.Sorry so long.
Denise and Grace (15 weeks)
BTW, the LC did return my call(s)--- 3 weeks later
Shanna & Makenna (5 weeks tomorrow)
Allison (33) and Robbie (14+ months, BF'd for 6 weeks, EP'd from 6 weeks to 12 months)
1) He was too sleepy for days after birth. I couldn't get him to wake up for anything. When he was awake, he had a lazy latch and wouldn't suck properly.
2) My milk supply came in fast and furious (2 days PP) and I didn't have a good pump so I became incredibly engorged. It took EIGHT weeks to get the engorgement and the plugged ducts resulting from the engorgement under control. For 8 weeks I went around with bowling balls for breasts. Not kidding. This made it really difficult to nurse and DS would refuse the breasts.
3) DS went from 7 lbs 13 oz at birth to 6 lbs 9 oz in a week because he wasn't eating. Ped made me think he was going to die if I didn't give him a bottle.
4) I have a very forceful letdown and fast flow and DS has severe reflux, not a good combination.
5) In addition to not being able to keep up with a forceful letdown due to his reflux, DS also developed breast refusal (I wonder why) and nipple confusion from getting a bottle early on.
6) When DS did learn to latch at 3 weeks, he had the latch of a bottle fed baby and it was so painful I'd have dreams about my nipples falling right off.
That's all the reasons I can remember for now. LOL :D
-Winnie & Gavin (4 months on Sunday)
Mother: forceful letdown, oversupply, fast flow, pain from latch, nerves shot from trying to BF (an hour resulted in him getting less than one ounce).
I consulted with four LC's on multiple occasions and BF just was not working.
I knew that breast milk has so many benefits for baby and mother and was determined to give the best I could.
Lisa - mother to Alexander (EP'ed for 10 months)& big sister Annalicia
OH ok, I admit it, there's more. The girls were born at 35 weeks, and spent 6 & 8 days in the NICU. Though the nurses encouraged BFing in the ward, I opted to bottle feed expressed milk. I felt that if the Drs could quantify how much Aislinn (who had been tube fed) could eat, she would come home quicker. Once the girls were home, I exclusivly BF for one week. They came home at 4 and 5 lbs, and gained NO weight that first week home. :( I immediately went back to pumping and bottlefeeding. The Ped was supportive of BFing, but I was too traumatized at no weight gain, and I needed to count ounces. The babies were just too small and premature to suck well enough at the breast, they also never woke up and had to really be coaxed to eat at all. My original intention was to breast milk feed until they reached their due date and then try to transition back to the breast, but I have since decided that the convienience of bottle feeding twins far outways everything else (I also have 2 older daughters, ages 5 & 3) and if I can give them BM and still bottle feed, I have the best of both worlds. Finding this board was HUGELY intrumental in my decision making process, because once I knew there was actual support, plus the legacy of so many moms who have successfully EP'd long term, I knew that it was a viable option for me, and I could still realistically provide BM for a year as I had planned to do with BFing.
That's our story so far!
-Meredith (Aislinn and Abigail, 3.5 mo)