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EPing

Posted by on Nov. 27, 2012 at 4:18 AM
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Any mommas out here EPing. And yes I have joined that group already but it seems like there arent many of us out there...
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cemcnair
by on Nov. 27, 2012 at 7:43 AM
No, I did pump at work though for 18 months for my son. I know it's not the same, but it sure was a lot if pumping!! I commend you for sticking with it!
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AubreeGrace17
by Aubree on Nov. 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I did, for about 7 months. It was a pain, but well worth it! If you have any questions I would be more than happy to help.

KylersMom8-16-7
by Gold Member on Nov. 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM
I pumped for my oldest 2 sons 3.5 months. I really wanted to continue but it became hard to keep up. Both times I ended up with Mastitis because the pump couldn't empty all the milk ducts. Breastfeeding is much easier but if you're educated you can pump.

Kellymom.com is a great resource!

If you don't mind me asking what led you to EPing? Did/do you want to breastfeed?
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lemastem14
by on Nov. 27, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Thanks! I totally wanted to breastfeed exclusively but we have had a horrible time. First we struggled with his latch for about a week. He wouldnt bring his tongue out and would bite down OUCH!! Then by week three we both developed thrush. Resistant thrush! It was horrible. We have done ever thing from medications and home remedies. Eventually very high doses of diflucan for me, diflucan for him, and stopping bf led to it clearing up. The yeast eventually was so bad it hurt to even hand express bc my nipples had both cracked almost all the way around!! I was so bad i cried with every feeding and began to resent nursing and was ruing precious time with my DS! I was going to stop bf all together but i had such a huge supply of milk that by day 3 of horrible engorgement and icing i still had milk and had healed some. I decided then to start pumping. We didnt want to put him to breast bc the yeast wasnt completely gone yet and didnt want him to get it so i gave him fresh expressed milk every other feeding and dumped the rest. By one week of not bf and just pumping he was clear of yeast and i was just sore from the yeast breaking me down so bad. We had tried putting him to breast but i was still very tender and he would really make sore where i was cracked. My lactation consultant said to keep pumping and heal so by week two he had forgotten how to latch...darn bottle! But im pumping good about every 2-4 hrs and i get anywhere from 3-5 oz a time. Right now he gets breastmilk all throughout the day and formula at night. I would love to be able to give him all bm but with me going back to work im trying to freeze some just in case my supply doesnt hold up. Its been such and emotional battle and no one really knows unless they have struggled. Some made me feel like a failure but i have decided to not to listen to them!! I am happy and my DS is happy and healthy!
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lemastem14
by on Nov. 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM
How often and how much did you pump at a time?


Quoting AubreeGrace17:

I did, for about 7 months. It was a pain, but well worth it! If you have any questions I would be more than happy to help.


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AubreeGrace17
by Aubree on Nov. 27, 2012 at 1:49 PM
I pumped every two hours for 15 minutes and made two ounces.

Quoting lemastem14:

How often and how much did you pump at a time?




Quoting AubreeGrace17:

I did, for about 7 months. It was a pain, but well worth it! If you have any questions I would be more than happy to help.


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piwife
by on Nov. 27, 2012 at 1:51 PM
I pumped a year with my son.. never again am now nursing my 6 mth old. Have you had the baby check for a tongue tide? Have you seen an lc?
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C.H.E.L.S.E.A
by Silver Member on Nov. 27, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Yes, my son had a terrible time latching, even after seeing numerous lactation specialists, so I ended up exclusively pumping from the time he was 5 weeks until he was 6 months old. I'm hoping to avoid doing that next time because it seemed like a lot more work doing it that way!

lemastem14
by on Nov. 28, 2012 at 2:56 AM
It is a ton of work, but worth it in the end! My goal right now is 6 months! Any advice?
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lemastem14
by on Nov. 28, 2012 at 3:29 AM
He isnt tongue tied fortunately! I am working very closely with a lc due to us being coworkers! She currently is working with another eping mom who has been doing it for a year! It can be done...just a lot if work!


Quoting piwife:

I pumped a year with my son.. never again am now nursing my 6 mth old. Have you had the baby check for a tongue tide? Have you seen an lc?

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