FAQ-05: Can I EP from birth or do I....

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FAQ-05: Can I EP from birth or do I....
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Mon, 12-31-2007 - 8:22pm

FAQ-05: Can I EP from birth or do I need to breastfeed first?


Most moms fall into EPing after a difficult breastfeeding experience, but there are those that select EPing as a choice from the very beginning.

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Registered: 12-15-2007
Wed, 01-02-2008 - 5:16pm

I have been EP'ing from day 1 and have not had a problem building a supply.

Jonas Sig

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Registered: 06-20-2007
Thu, 01-17-2008 - 1:11pm

Everyone is going to react differently to a pump, but I did want to add that until my milk came in (around day 3 or 4) I was able to pump more colostrum using a small manual pump vs. the hospital grade pump.

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Registered: 12-12-2007
Thu, 01-17-2008 - 6:19pm
E'ping from birth is very possible. Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done because a lot of us here have done it.

 

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Registered: 08-03-2007
Fri, 01-18-2008 - 10:15am

We EPed from birth because Ian was lethargic from jaundice and wouldn't latch, or even open his mouth wide enough for that matter. It took awhile for my supply to kick in, and it took even longer for my supply to catch up to what my DS needed. I don't know if this is because I was EPing, or if other factors also played a role, such as Ian being 3 weeks early, and this being my first child. Never had any leaking or anything while I was pregnant, so I suspect that my body was just slow to catch on. But at about 4 months my supply caught up with Ian's demand, and I only had to supplement with formula about once a week. He started eating solids at 6 months, and now at 8 months he's lowering his milk intake a bit so I might be able to start freezing some bm.


So it's possible! And rather than "drying up," I saw my supply increase on the pump from the beginning up until now. Tips from this board played a big part in that!


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Registered: 05-20-2007
Sun, 01-20-2008 - 10:03pm

In the early days it may be a good idea to hand express as well as or instead of pumping.


The intensive care unit where my baby went was very supportive of mothers providing milk to their babies. They said that

 

 

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Registered: 05-15-2007
Mon, 01-21-2008 - 1:39am
We started pumping 3 days after birth, when we got home from the hospital.
Meredith ~ Mommy to Tommy ~ 4/24/07       
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Registered: 07-12-2008
Mon, 09-29-2008 - 2:12am
From our board survey...
12% started exclusively pumping at birth, so it can be done! But most left it a bit later. A total of 64% were exclusively pumping by the end of the first two weeks, although 24% didn’t start exclusively pumping until their baby was over one month old.

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