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    I expressed and bottle fed DS1. I hired a pump from the Wesley Hospital. I got amazing amounts from pumping though (200mls+ from 10 or so minutes pumping) so that part was never an issue for me.

    I regretted doing it and felt utter relief when I switched to formula. It was stressful, draining and exhausting.

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    I couldn't express enough

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    I haven't, but I know someone who did.
    She did it for 3 months, and found it to be an enormous effort. As someone else mentioned, you're feeding the pump and THEN the baby...plus have the effort of both breastfeeding and bottle feeding (timing, lumps, leaking etc as well as cleaning feeding stuff).

    It can be done, but it's unlikely to be an option that will decrease your stress.

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    I didn't stop bf to pump, but I was pumping most feeds for 7 weeks as I had a bub in nicu/scn.

    Some of the main things I found (and this was my experience, so it may be different for you):
    - I really had to stick to the minimum 3 hourly during the day and 4 hourly at night expressing. If I missed a pump, my supply dropped fast.
    - A double pump was worth its weight in gold!
    - Within 4 weeks, my supply had gone from 300ml + per pump to 60ml. I had to get a script for motilium because fenugreek, oats, lactation cookies etc weren't cutting it.

    The biggest positive to try pumping rather than switching straight to formula is that, if you change your mind, it's much easier to reestablish breastfeeding when you still have milk flowing. Good luck

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    If you don't want to breastfeed, I would say just go to formula. Pumping all the time is exhausting and restrictive. I am breastfeeding DS (6wks) and trying to pump twice a day and it's hard. I only get a maximum of 60ml per pumping session, often less, so it would pretty much take me all day to pump a single full feed. That's expressing after feeds. I'm on 5 motillium tablets per day and having lactation cookies as well.

    If your supply is good you might be fine, but don't feel bad about going to formula if breastfeeding isn't working for you. Your happiness and sanity are important.

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    Yes you can.
    You will need to pump 8-12 times per day, depending on your supply. You will need to do a middle of the night pump, and go for no longer than 3 hours if you want to keep a supply long term EPing (exclusively pumping) in addition to all the hours pumping, you will need to batch and freeze milk, prepare BM bottles etc. In total it took up 7 hours per day that I was attached to the pump. It is not an easy way out of BFing. I made it to 6 months.

    There is a great EP Facebook group if you would like some support.

    Good luck!

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    Ok thanks everyone! I was wondering if it was a viable option but it doesnt sound like it is for me. Hopefully my ibclc can help get the pain issues sorted then I can keep bfing

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    I did twice, the first time at first I was getting as much as 240 mls - so I could freeze some. After about 6 weeks however my supply died, I tried motillium, cookies etc but nothing worked, my Breastfeeding journey had been very stressful on top of being sick and having infections post birth - so that didn't help. I would express before feeds were due, and then when I built up a bit of a supply in the fridge it became easier.

    The second time I expressed from day one with twins, that was very hard because I was expressing and feeding them and that took around 1.5 hours, every 3 hours, 24 hours a day. I gave it up at 6 weeks, I was just wrecked and couldn't function or get anything else done because I was too busy expressing and feeding the boys.

    Having said that - I am glad I was able to give them some breast milk.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartstringz View Post
    Ok thanks everyone! I was wondering if it was a viable option but it doesnt sound like it is for me. Hopefully my ibclc can help get the pain issues sorted then I can keep bfing

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    was it your bub that had tongue ties? Have you investigated laser or snipping?

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    He has a tongue tie but no-one has suggested anything other than trying osteo & keeping practicing attaching him without the shields at this stage

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