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Old 04-05-09, 11:44 AM
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I didn't pump after I had Preston, but I did have to pump a lot after Cora. I will be totally honest - it is A LOT of work. If you have a good pump and can pump both sides at the same time that makes a huge difference, but it is still very time consuming. You'll want to pump everytime the baby eats. So you'll need to feed your little one, then pump - then clean up the bottles and the pumping stuff. It's just a lot of work. When I was pumping with Cora I fed her a bottle then pumped and I just remember doing that ALL the time and feeling miserable. I cried and cried because all I did was feed and pump and all she did was cry. (She was a VERY hard baby though
 
) I don't want to discourage you because I think it is FANTASTIC to provide BM for your little one. I just wanted to share the trials I had.

Actually, it may be easier to BF using a blanket (others honestly can't see any boob when your nursing). I'm not sure how others pumped but I did the dual pump and that is FAR from modest and you have no free hands.

Anyway - sorry I don't want to discourage or anything. Like I said, it is awesome that you want to BF your little one. I just thought I would share my experiences. I think Kelli nailed it when she said it is such a personal thing and it really depends on the baby.
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Old 04-05-09, 04:41 PM
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Because Neil and I share our home with a young man (who has an autistic spectrum disorder), and it will not be appropriate for me to risk exposing any part of my breasts in-front of him, and I do not want to leave him for long periods of time while I go upstairs to feed.
I see, but you will have to leave the room in order to pump just as you would if you left the room to BF.

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I plan on using the Playtex drop-in system bottles, and even though they're not widely available in the UK our LC knew about them and said that her SIL had used them and said she had very little problem transitioning from breast to bottle with 2 of her children.
No matter what bottles you use, you still need to get the baby used to it, so make sure you use them even in the 1st weeks that you are BFing. My 1st had no problems switiching back/forth but my 2nd was very difficult to get on a bottle.

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Old 04-05-09, 04:55 PM
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just my 2 cents-- and I'm totally not encouraging one way or another (i never thought i would personally BF...) but it's much harder to be modest while pumping.... much....
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Old 04-05-09, 05:25 PM
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I pumped exclusively for 10 months with DS. He was in the NICU for 5 days and so I got used to pumping right away and he got used to a bottle and we spent 2 miserable weeks when we got home trying to bf and then for all our sanity, I gave up. I was a very abundant milk producer so I was lucky that I could pump for 15 mins after I EBM bottle fed DS and more than enough for those 10 months with no formula. Best of luck! Such a personal decision - you have to do what is best for your situation and family.
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I agree with everyone about the personal decision... however... I also agree with whoever said it that pumping is a lot less modest than BF... and also if you just cover yourself up with a blanket while the baby is nursng no one sees anything. I also never let down to the pump very well... and when I did pump it took me forever to get a teeny tiny 4oz. I don't want to discourage you just sharing my thoughts.
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