I am about to become a FTM and have been thinking about what method I want to use to deliver breast milk to our son. The idea of pumping appeals to me for several reasons: I need to return to work sporadically starting at 6 weeks, I want my husband to be able to be involved in the feeding process, I like the idea of being able to track/measure just how much our little guy eats at each feeding.
My big question has to do with whether or not I want to breastfeed AND pump, or try to exclusively pump. For ladies who have made this decision in the past:
- What method did you settle on? What influenced this decision?
- If you EP, did you start pumping from day one, or were there still a few days/weeks of nursing?
- What are the challenges to using both methods, or to EPing?
Thanks so much for any advice. I am trying to learn as much about both options as I can!