New here... moving from BFing to EPing.
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|Mon, 01-03-2011 - 7:25pm|
I know most people don't want to EP and may EP with the goal of BFing eventually in mind, but I'm the reverse. My DS is 5 weeks old today and has been diagnosed with a high palate. BFing has been a struggle for us (all on my end, though--bleeding, cracked nipples, mastitis, etc.) and I've finally decided I want to make the transition to EPing from BFing. My nipples are just SO sore from nursing, and there's no real solution for BFing a baby with a high palate... besides waiting it out and hoping the palate changes as the baby grows OR waiting it out and seeing if you "get used to it." I'm not getting used to it.
Has anyone here gone from BFing to EPing? I'm wondering how this transition works. I know initially I'll need to pump every 2 hours round the clock (including at night, correct?). Currently DS only BFs on my right side because the left took longer to heal... but every morning I pump from my left side and get 2-3 ounces from it in 20 minutes. So I have those pumping sessions stored in my fridge/freezer... maybe 12oz total as of right now?
I'd love any help or advice about getting started... I am going to head over to Kellymom now because I have no idea where to even begin in terms of figuring out how much he'll need per day, how to keep up my supply, etc. I figure once I get 2 days' worth of EBM in the fridge/freezer I will make the switch gradually so that soon we'll be at all bottle feeding. Does that sound like it would work??