Am I crazy for wanting to EP vs BF?

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Registered: 07-10-2008
Am I crazy for wanting to EP vs BF?
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Sun, 12-27-2009 - 12:04am

I am 3 days PP with my second and he is breastfeeding at the breast. My first one never could latch so I EPed for 7 months. Now I am thinking I would rather EP then actually breastfeed this time around. Am I crazy for considering it?


I am having latching problems so I am having nipple pain. I don't know how much he is eating. My husband doesn't get to feed him. I will have to go back to work in 6 weeks. And I feel like I had more freedom EPing.


I know I am only 3 days into this, should I give it longer?

 

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Registered: 08-31-2009
Sun, 12-27-2009 - 1:38pm
My dd is 4 mos and I just saw a friend who is bf and I was just thinking I wish I would have given it more time in the begining and maybe i'd be bf also. Pumping has worked out good so far but now I'm worring that I am going to keep getting less and less.
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Registered: 01-09-2008
Sun, 12-27-2009 - 8:16pm
No your not crazy, maybe do a combo like I am? Dd#2 gets expressed milk during the afternoon or if she is rather sleepy during the day, but I am still BFing so I can decide later if I want to BF or EP at 6 weeks PP. I'm giving BFing 6 weeks so baby and I can work through the issues we are having. I like EPing more too, but BFing is the lazy way, haha! GL with whatever you decide, and congrats on the baby.
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Registered: 11-20-2009
Mon, 12-28-2009 - 2:40pm
You are not crazy, but I would reccomend giving you and your baby as much time as possible. I want so hard to be able to bf my
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Registered: 11-02-2009
Tue, 12-29-2009 - 9:19am
You're not crazy at all! I'm EPing just because I hated breastfeeding after i went back to work at 6 weeks. I felt like all I was doing was feeding my LO and not getting to do anything else with her, so I started pumping.
What I did was bf the first 6 weeks to let her set my supply, which is easier than pumping 8x daily and feeding when you're home anyway and the baby is able to bf. After I went to work I went straight to pumping and it saves me so much time. Once she started getting bottles regularly, she didn't really try very hard when bfing so she didn't get very much anymore. EPing has worked out so much better for us. We also have a pretty active lifestyle, going to friends houses and things, and its nice to not have to leave the room for 45 minutes while we're there (because she eats really slow and doesn't like to be covered by a blanket).
I don't know if that helps or not. Good luck!
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Registered: 03-13-2008
Tue, 12-29-2009 - 9:29am

Crazy?

 

 

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Registered: 10-17-2008
Tue, 12-29-2009 - 9:42am

I am 95% certain I'll EP with my second also! I love the freedom - I can pump whenever I want, vs. when LO is hungry.

My SIL was here over Christmas, and watching her go hide in the guestroom to nurse repeatedly made me realize how nice it is to EP. I'm down to 2x now and LOVE the freedom.

Granted, EPing is more work in the early days, so I liked the idea of a PPer who BFed for a few weeks, then switched to EP. I'll have to keep that in mind for round two. :-)


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Registered: 07-10-2008
Tue, 12-29-2009 - 4:43pm
Thanks for the encouraging words ladies. I have started EPing and like it so much better. It saves so much time and fits our lifestyle better. My husband is so supportive and enjoyes feeding the baby. It isn't near as hard this time around b/c I know what I am doing. EPing for 7 months with the first one makes you feel like a pro.

 

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Registered: 02-28-2009
Thu, 12-31-2009 - 10:43pm
My biggest regret is not BFing my LO. I feel like I gave up. Stick it out! Give it all you got!
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