October 2013 Moms

Pumping

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  • Not I.

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  • No! I don't get why anyone would...
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  • Pumping is not easy at all. I have 3 friends who did the exclusive pumping thing and it was hard on them. (They couldn't nurse) 
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  • I EP'd for 6 months....not a choice I would choose to make.  I am hoping to BF this time and pump while at work.  We did a thread like this before and EPing is hard.
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    I EP'ed for 5 months with my son (my choice since I did not want to BF).  I will EP this time as well, hopefully for longer than 5 months.  It is defiantly hard and very time consuming! 
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    No! I don't get why anyone would...

     

    I chose not to BF, but still wanted to give my baby BM.... Since it was better for the baby and cheaper, I EP'ed with my son.  I will do the same with this one.  

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  • BF = super easy and convenient. 

    Formula = easy and pretty convenient too. 

    Exclusively pumping = time consuming and not really convenient.

    No effing way I would EP unless I had to.  

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    BF = super easy and convenient. 

    Formula = easy and pretty convenient too. 

    Exclusively pumping = time consuming and not really convenient.

    No effing way I would EP unless I had to.  

     

    Formula = expensive  

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  • My son wouldn't/couldn't nurse until he was 2 1/2 months old. I Ep'ed for that time and hated it!!!!!!! I would never willingly choose to EP.
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    image SuperTreesa:

    BF = super easy and convenient. 

    Formula = easy and pretty convenient too. 

    Exclusively pumping = time consuming and not really convenient.

    No effing way I would EP unless I had to.  

    I know of A LOT of new moms who had a really hard time BF even though they really tried. Unfortunately, it's not easy for everybody, each body is different.

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  • I can't breast feed either, I don't get to be one of those perfect moms that can.
  • I'm a FTM and in the first couple of months of pregnancy I thought I would exclusively pump after the first month or so. Now after reading and others advice I'm not saying I'm doing anything until it happens! But I will have to pump while at work either way!
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    I can't breast feed either, I don't get to be one of those perfect moms that can.


    Not trying to be intrusive so don't feel obligated to answer, but why are you unable to breastfeed?
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  • My SIL Did exclusive pumping because she couldn't handle how bad it hurt. It seemed so time consuming, I'm really hoping that I only have to pump when I am away from LO.

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  • kdjuddkdjudd
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    Heck no. I had to with my first due to her lip tie and some personal medical problems. It was miserable. The pump is so harsh on your nipples and your life revolves around that piece of machinery. It's a great option if you absolutely have no other choice, but I can't imagine ever doing it by choice. 
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  • I EP'd for at least 5 months last time. I hope to avoid it this time.




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  • Hell no! I pumped at work for a year with DS and it was so time consuming and all around sucked! I would only EP if i absolutely had to!
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    Pumping is not so easy. You have to have the pump with you at the right times. With BFing, you always have what you need wherever you are. No need to plan or know how long you'll be out. With formula, if you didn't bring enough with you, you can buy some (not necessarily convenient or cheap, but it's possible). With pumping, you can't really do either unless you carry the pump with you all the time. At the beginning, it definitely feels easier to pump (when DD was 6 weeks old I pumped for one feeding and gave her the bottle and it felt freeing). But long-term it kind of sucks. You take longer to get the job done: pump, feed, clean.

    There are definitely situations where it's the only option, but I personally wouldn't choose it.

         
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  • Hell no, unless that was my last option before formula. it is hard. Yes, BFing can be really hard the first 2 weeks (it was the hardest thing I EVER did), but after the first few weeks BFing is so easy and convenient. Pumping sucks big monkey balls.
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  • Not if I can help it.
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  • So wait no one here has a desire to BF and pump early to gain a freezer stash so you don't feel like you NEED to be right next to LO all the time?  Im gonna want to leave dad home while I get lunch with a friend or go shopping for a bit.  
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  • Pumping isnt usually recommended until your supply is fairly well established. I plan to bf but pump on occasion so I have a small stash but probably won't start until at least 6 weeks. 
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    So wait no one here has a desire to BF and pump early to gain a freezer stash so you don't feel like you NEED to be right next to LO all the time?  Im gonna want to leave dad home while I get lunch with a friend or go shopping for a bit.  

    How early are you talking? It is generally not advisable to pump often in the first 4-6 weeks while your supply is regulating. It is also not advisable to give a bottle before 4-6 weeks because it can cause nipple confusion and bottle preference. 

    But yeah- I will pump occasionally to have a little stash (I am a SAHM and don't need a huge stash).  But the OP is talking about EP instead of BFing.

    And if you leave LO to get lunch, you still need to pump if you are gone a long time. A few times of not pumping probably won't matter, but in general, if you give LO a bottle, you need to pump or you will crash your supply.

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