introducing myself

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Registered: 07-30-2014
introducing myself
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Wed, 07-30-2014 - 1:59pm

Hi Ladies.

Just wanted to join the forum here. Was linked over from kellymom.con after doing lots of research on EPing.

LOL is 5 1/2 weeks old and I've been EPING the whole time

 First because he was in the NICU and couldn't nurse, then we tried to get him to BF and we tried everything. Finally earlier this week I decided to just go with EPing.

It's been a rough 5 weeks, and I know it will be tough going, but also know doing this is the best for LO.

I am curious what your routines are for pumping and fwedding LO. Do you pump first, then feed? Or feed, then pump?

Any advice for this new mama is appreciated!

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Registered: 10-18-2013
Wed, 07-30-2014 - 10:41pm

EPing is NOT easy, especially at the beginning! But it does get easier. I promise! I have been EPing for over 10 months. My daughter never latched effectively. She caused nipple damage and lost weight, became dehydrated because she was not able to transfer my milk, even though I made plenty. With her ineffective feeding, however, my supply tanked. I rented a hospital grade pump and to my surprise, my supply came back in full force.

While I only pump twice a day now (which feels so freeing), for the first 3 months, I was pumping at least 8 times a day. I think I just tried to pump every 3-4 hours. And I wrote it all down for awhile...when I pumped, how much I pumped, when my baby ate, how much she ate, wet/poopy diapers. My mind was so foggy...it helped to write it down. For me, it was just a matter of fitting it in. I found it best to pump when my baby was sleeping, for obvious reasons. And if she was not sleeping, I found it best to feed her first...only because pumping is super stressful when your baby is hungry and crying! So to answer your question, I never really had a rigid schedule, as much as I would have liked. I felt very unorganized, stressed, tired, discouraged for weeks. But I did stick with it. And really, at about the 3 month mark, things improved! I was able to drop a pump and continued to do so (of course being cautious that I was still producing enough).  It has never been EASY...but it has gotten easier. Just this morning while I was pumping, my daughter was in her exersaucer screaming only 10 minutes into pumping. She was full, just cranky! Baby Einstein did not even help! And it was stressful. But we just have to take it one day at a time. Another thing that I tried to remind myself of was that the pumping is for HER, not me. So even if she woke up unexpectedly during the middle of a pump session, sometimes I would have to stop and finish later. And as much as I hated doing that, such is the life of an EPer! :)

Best of luck to you! Keep it up! Know that you are not alone.