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Sat, 12-18-2010 - 6:58pm

Hi all! I am due with a baby girl in April and am strongly considering the option of EPing.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-07-2010
In reply to: billagirly
Sun, 12-19-2010 - 9:22am

First of all, welcome, and congrats on your pregnancy!!

I don't think ep is a bad choice.

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Registered: 03-14-2010
In reply to: billagirly
Sun, 12-19-2010 - 4:50pm
Hello and welcome! I have to agree with pp that EPing is a ton of work. Basicely it's like breastfeeding and bottle-feeding combined and then some. I mean unless you have a huge supply right from the beginning and can get away with pumping only 4 times a day ;))) otherwise you will be stuck to a pump every 2-3 hours for 20-30 min around the clock at least for the first couple of months, but if you've done your research you must know that already. I read that you don't want your baby attached to your breast, but do you really want a machine attached to your breast? You might not know how it feels until you try. So if I were you I wouldn't totally give up on breastfeeding in advance. BFing like EPing doesn't have to be all or nothing-you could still pump and share feedings with family members, but you will save yourself a lot of trouble when you are out with your LO if you could just pop him on the boob and feed him, not worrying about bottles and getting home in time to pump. You will still be pumping when you are at work, but do you really want to get home from work and be attached to a machine instead of spending time with your baby? And also spending those precious first 6 weeks you have with your new baby constantly attached to a pump...it is your personal decision after all, and you should do what's best for your family. But there are a lot of big reasons why EPing is considered as a "fine option" but not actually as a real thing.
But it that's the road you will go, this board is a great place to get info and support. I don't know if I would be able to do it for as long as I have if not for all the wonderful ladies on here! :))
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Registered: 02-12-2007
In reply to: billagirly
Sun, 12-19-2010 - 8:41pm

It seems I am the first person to see things your way --- maybe we are od ducks after all.

With my first son I "tried" BF in the hospital, but as I knew it was work to get him to latch correctly.

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Registered: 08-05-2010
In reply to: billagirly
Mon, 12-20-2010 - 1:56am

I do think if you know you are going to be returning to work right away, it is a good idea to start pumping

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Registered: 10-14-2010
In reply to: billagirly
Mon, 12-20-2010 - 10:08pm

I agree that EPing is a ton of work and feels like "double duty", especially for the first 12 weeks.

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Registered: 01-26-2007
In reply to: billagirly
Tue, 12-21-2010 - 10:22pm

Congratulations on the upcoming arrival of your baby girl!

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Registered: 11-18-2010
In reply to: billagirly
Thu, 12-23-2010 - 10:20am

First of all congratulations on your little one!!! EPing is hard work, but I don't think it's much harder than nursing or formula feeding.

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Registered: 01-03-2011
In reply to: billagirly
Mon, 01-03-2011 - 5:43pm

First of all, don't feel like an oddball. I have CHOSEN to try EP as well. It seems like a much more comfortable fit for me and for my family. I would try breastfeeding in the hospital though, while you have a lactation consultant on hand and nurses who will take care of the baby while you rest. it will help to know HOW to BF. I have been supplementing a little with Formula since my little man was born right before the Holidays and I can't BF or Pump everywhere I go.I do breastfeed him when I feel like it though, usually through the night but I use a nipple guard so he doesn't really have a problem with nipple confusion. But I'm determined to give him as much Breastmilk as I can produce. having said that, here is a great video on how to increase your supply while EP. it's mostly aimed toward moms of premies who have to pump but the techniques work. http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/MaxProduction.html

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Registered: 01-03-2011
In reply to: billagirly
Mon, 01-03-2011 - 9:17pm
Hi. I am also new here. I am due in Feb and hope to EP. I also have no interest in having my baby attached to my breast. Yes I would perfer a machine over the baby attached to my breast. Everyone you ask for advise seems to try to talk you into trying breast feeding bla bla. Its just not me. I am happy to finally find someone else who understands and has the same plans as I do.
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Registered: 10-14-2010
In reply to: billagirly
Tue, 01-04-2011 - 9:54am

Yes, definitely don't feel like an oddball for your choice!

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