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    Default Exclusively Expressing

    Just wondering if anyone out there has exclusively expressed breast milk for their LO.

    With DS1 I struggled through 6months of hating breastfeeding to the point I was starting to resent him. I feel quite claustrophobic (sp?) feeding Y find myself having hot flushes & feeling really 'stuck' in one place. However, after getting past these feelings I really enjoyed BF from 6 - 12mths.

    Anyway long story short, DS2 is now 9 weeks old. After cracked & bleeding nipples followed by 2 bouts of Mastitis I started to express & bottle feed. He is now basically exclusively fed with EBM which I have found to make life so much easier for me.

    The time it takes to feed him a bottle & express immediately after is approx 30min which is around the same time it would take to BF. I also find it more convenient with a 2yo that I can be a bit more choosy with times I pump so I can sort of schedule that around his needs. All in all it is working really well for us.

    My only concern of course is how long I can keep this up supply wise. Just wondering if anyone has successfully continued this long term & if so for how long?

    Thanks in advance for your advice!

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    I did!! Worked well for us.

    I only did it for 4 months due to combined reasons including sever pnd and other things... But had no issues with supply etc.

    A friend did it for 12 months - bub was never on the boob but was fed exclusively ebm for over a year!!

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    i tried but only lasted 4wks

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    Hi! When I had my dd she wouldn't latch on properly, so I ended up expressing for four months until I could get her on the breast. I actually didn't mind expressing and I never had supply issues. When I did find I was expressing less amount it seemed to be when I wasnt drinking enough water. Hope that helps you a little bit!

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    Hi
    My twins have been pretty much been on EBM since birth, and they are now 11mths. I have done some tandem breastfeeding in the early days, but they are pretty much bottle-fed babies, although m y DS has recently been exclusively breastfeed (for some reason he started to reject bottle).

    I have had no problems with supply issues, and at times had over-supply. Can be done and it has worked well for me. I use the time on the pump to do a stuff on the computer e.g., online grocery list, or call a friend.

    Good luck

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    Thanks ladies. Hopefully I can maintain things for some time yet.


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    Was chatting to a hubber today who fed her son EBM till 7 1/2 months and then was able to BF.

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    I expressed every feed for 2 months. I have flat nipples and DS never would attatch. In the end I stopped because I got mastitis twice, pnd, and I HAD to do it every 3 hours or I felt like my boobs would explode. It made going to BBQs and social events hard. I used the Avent Manual pump and loved it. In the mornings I could express 260mls from my right boob(left wasnt as good lol) using this pump. Highly recommend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starla View Post
    I expressed every feed for 2 months. I have flat nipples and DS never would attatch. In the end I stopped because I got mastitis twice, pnd, and I HAD to do it every 3 hours or I felt like my boobs would explode. It made going to BBQs and social events hard. I used the Avent Manual pump and loved it. In the mornings I could express 260mls from my right boob(left wasnt as good lol) using this pump. Highly recommend.
    Completely agree on the pump - electric pumps scare me & the Avent Manual pump is awesome it's the one I've had since DS1 and still going strong!


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