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Registered: 02-14-2014
Considering
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Fri, 02-14-2014 - 7:51am

Hi everyone!  I have a 7 week old and we have struggled with breastfeeding since day one.  On top of the struggles I really don't love latching my baby to my breast.  We are latching now but still using a nipple shield on the left side.  When I nurse on the right I leak SO MUCH on the left side that I soak through a burp cloth.  When I nurse on left with the shield I still leak because of the shield.  All this leaking is driving me crazy.  I do want him to get the benefits of breastmilk and I have no issues pumping.  I have a GREAT milk supply too.  I am considering just pumping.  I read the KellyMom page on how to exclusively pump and that helped a lot.  I guess I came here to get some encouragment and stories that just pumping is ok.  I do have some guilt that I don't want to nurse.  My son does great taking a bottle too.  I actually think he prefers it.  I have such strong let-down that he often ends ups gagging on the breast. 

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Registered: 10-18-2013
In reply to: schogue
Fri, 02-14-2014 - 3:30pm

The fact that you have a good milk supply is promising! I know, breastfeeding was really frustrating for both my baby and myself. I REALLY wanted it to work, but it just did not, despite seeing lactation consultants and specialists. Do not feel guilty if you do decide to exclusively pump. Giving your baby breastmilk is the priority, regardless of how you do it. My baby is going on five months now and I have exclusively pumped since she was a few weeks old.

A word of warning though. It is definitely not easy or convenient to EP. You have to wash and sanitize bottles and pump parts every day. For me, a huge frustration is when my baby is crying and I am pumping... It involves a lot of "timing" and planning. Whenever you go anywhere, you have to either bring the pump or be conscious of when you need to return home to pump. Life is a little rigid. BUT, perhaps these inconveniences would be preferable to the frustrations you are experiencing now with breastfeeding. 

A benefit of EPing is that someone else can give baby the bottle while you get something else done or sleep! :) Whatever you decide is fine! Just weigh your pros and cons. Regardless of what you choose, the frustrations and inconveniences are temporary! That helps me on days when things are just hard...

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Registered: 02-16-2014
In reply to: schogue
Sun, 02-16-2014 - 11:14am

I had that train of mind at some point... maybe pumping is better... but I've changed my mind since.

Have you tried milkies to catch your milk while you nurse on the other side? I don't have enough of a supply to justify buying it, but you sound like it could work for you!