If you're going to EP, go for the hygeia enjoye--closed system, WHO compliant, excellent pump. I EP'd for a while for my oldest who was a preemie and unable to latch well/transfer milk well. After 6.5 weeks, my supply regulated and I couldn't pump enough for him (hospital grade rental pump) and the pumping constantly around the clock was too much for me and we slowly switched to formula as I weaned off the pump, continuing to nurse him a couple of times a day until my milk was gone because he just couldn't nurse well enough to keep my supply up. When EPing, you need to pump 10-12 times a day, for around 20 minutes at a time (until 2-5 minutes after you see the last drops of milk). You are married to your pump and can never go anywhere without it. Putting my newborn down so I could pump felt so unnatural to me. With my second, nursing him at the breast has been the best experience. It's so much easier, so much less time consuming, so much less stressful.... just a completely different experience.
This is the best post in this group about EPing... it gives you all the nitty-gritty. http://www.cafemom.com/group/325/forums/read/15530991/exclusive_pumping
Absolutely read jrp0606's post. She gives the straight scoop and it is the Bible on the subject.
Piwife also exclusively pumped... be aware she will tell you NOT to do it because it's many times more work than simply nursing.
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