New here - so glad to find you!

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Registered: 12-03-2011
New here - so glad to find you!
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Sat, 12-03-2011 - 2:12am
Hi everyone My daughter is 11 weeks old and I have been expressing since birth but exclusively since she was about a month old. In hospital I had very damaged nipples from the first time she tried to feed and a series of unhelpful midwives and by the time i left she had bad nipple confusion so I needed to pump to get anything into her. By the time I decided to EP I was so anxious about breastfeeding and she hated it and wouldn't attach unless I had a shield and even then screamed her head off and never seemed satisfied. I lived in fear of her waking to feed which was constant, with excruciating nipples and swollen boobs. She has been thriving on the EBM and it works well for us. It's hard work but easier than breastfeeding was for me and I like not having to worry about boiling and cooling water, sterilizing and mixing formula up. So as hard as it is it works for me. I pump 7 times per day and go for about 10 mins at a time using a hands free double pump. Looking forward to getting and giving support on here with people in a similar situation as most people look at me like I have two heads if I say I'm EPing!
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Registered: 09-06-2011
Sat, 12-03-2011 - 3:23pm
Welcome! This Board really helped me through the rough times - although there are plenty of days where I look at myself as if I had two heads! You should look at the forum's guide - it has a TON of great advice. I am now at 23 weeks EPing and continuing....
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Registered: 12-05-2011
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 3:43pm
I am new here too. My daughter is 13 weeks old and I have been EPing from about week 2. I wasn't aware of any places like this either...I'm so glad I found it! I was actually considering weaning early as I am so frustrated with being a slave to this pump and the time constraints! I'm glad I read some articles which made me realize that maybe I can cut back on the pumps and have more time to do things outside of the house..that makes me feel better and think maybe I don't need to wean her as early as planned. I pump everywhere but it is still such a pain sometimes and then I cry when I look at my little girl when I think of giving up. She's 3 months old now and I feel like I still have baby blues sometimes..I think the pumping schedule contributes to my emotional roller coaster..lol. I'm hoping to find others for support and encouragement to keep me going until she's at least 6 months...I have about a 3 week supply frozen and was trying to build up enough to stop early. Does anyone have suggestions? Any help would be appreciated.
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Registered: 12-01-2011
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 11:38pm

wow! 3 weeks saved up! Thats awesome! How often do you pump? what is your output like? How much does your LO eat per feeding?

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Registered: 12-05-2011
Tue, 12-06-2011 - 10:42am
Well I was pumping every 3 hours for 20 min each time and that is why I was ready to quit early. After finding this site though I'm thinking I might be able to hang in there until my original goal of 6 months. I get anywhere from 3 to 5 oz each time. Yesterday I went to every 4 hours and that was a little better, wasn't as stressful. My LO eats between 2 and 5 oz each feeding, but it depends on how much she is sleeping that day. I am also putting cereal in her bottle because she has a little bit of reflux and because the doctor told me to due to her eating constantly before. I don't know how people are getting rid of the middle of the night pumping. My breasts wake me up ready to explode and if I go too long I get knots in them and it's so painful.
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Registered: 05-25-2011
Thu, 12-08-2011 - 3:48pm

For trying to get rid of the MOTN pump, you have a few options:

1. Gradually reduce the amount of time you pump in the MOTN by a few minutes a day until it is safe to drop it.

2. Gradually move your MOTN earlier or later until you can merge it with your previous or next pump.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-09-2011
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 3:43am

Hi! I just found this site tonight and it's great so far.

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Registered: 05-03-2007
Mon, 12-12-2011 - 4:13pm
Hi, I am new here too! I've already found the guide to be immensely helpful, and I'm so grateful to find a whole community of women doing this.

My son was born with a heart defect, so he got his first breast milk from the bottle after the surgery, when he was 11 days old (just IV fluids til then). I tried to start breastfeeding but he fought it, and when he did latch on, he would only feed for two minutes before falling asleep. Finally I decided enough is enough, this isn't creating a bonding situation for anyone, so I'm EPing now. I felt so strange for deciding to EP, so I'm grateful to find others doing the same!
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Registered: 05-21-2003
Thu, 12-22-2011 - 8:45pm

Hi, I'm new here too and I am so glad to find this forum indeed! My DS is 13 weeks and I have been EPing for 12 weeks and what an emotional 12 weeks they have been!

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Registered: 02-11-2010
Tue, 01-03-2012 - 2:00pm
Hi i am new here as well and glad to have found this site. My son is 3 weeks and I have had to pump since day one. I had pre-eclampsia and was on magnisum so I initially had to pump and dump. He was given formula for the first 4 days and I tried bf for a week but had to continually give him a formula bottle after every feed. He would fall asleep or pull off the breast, it was frustrating for both of us. I kept pumping even after feeds and now I still have to supplement with maybe one or two formula bottles but soon I should be able to be exclusively pumping.