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Mon, 03-21-2011 - 1:51am

My LO, Noah, had a problem gaining weight and we figured out that he wasn't getting enough milk because he had a bad latch. My pediatrician (the 2nd one. The 1st was a formula fanatic and tried to push me into it) recommended EP'ing or at least mostly.
At first we did EP during day and nursing at night but lately he doesn't want to nurse at night so now we are around the clock EP. I have som supply issues (mostly because it's hard to find time in my day to pump like I should be) so we do some supplementing.
So happy I found this board. People are either one extreme or the other when I tell them I am EP'ing. They either admire my determination to keep LO on as much breastmilk as possible or think I'm crazy for going through the trouble of pumping all the time when I have 2 kids.
It does get hard. My 3 y/o is a active, active, active little boy that's full of life and mischief. Noah is "high needs" and requires a lot of holding & soothing. I don't consider him to be colicky since he IS soothed by holding. I don't think it's "spoiled to holding" because he's been that way since day 1.
Hopefully I can reach my short term goal of 6 months and my ultimate goal of 1 year, even if it is pumped!

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Mon, 03-21-2011 - 1:26pm
Welcome to the board! You're on the right track setting a short term goal first. My first goal was 6 weeks, then 12 weeks, then 3 months...and now I"m at almost 11 months and getting ready to stop soon (plenty in the freezer to go to a year). I never thought I would get this far. You'll find lots of info and support on this board!

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Registered: 03-01-2011
Tue, 03-22-2011 - 6:16am

I have a very active 18month old and a 7week old i am pumping for. Have you tried hands free pumping it has really helped alot to get in some extra pumps.

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Registered: 01-01-2011
Thu, 03-24-2011 - 12:41am

Ditto on the hands free pumping suggestion. I hope EPing continues to work for you. I look at it as a time committment but so is breast feeding or formula feeding-I've been very lucky to have received zero negative comments from ANYONE about my decision to EP so I hope you get some good virtual support here. I also wanted to say don't let anyone guilt you that you are spoiling your baby by holding him-babies are supposed to be held and cuddled!