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Bottle Feeding and Breastfeeding: Is There a Third Option? (page 2)

Bottle Feeding and Breastfeeding: Is There a Third Option?

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Updated on May 17, 2012

Issue #2: Timing

Many women find nursing and bottle-feeding exhausting, and EPing can be difficult to fit into a busy schedule as well. Finding time to both pump milk and feed that milk to her baby may be difficult, especially in the middle of the night or during the workday. Casemore makes the following suggestions that can help make EPing more manageable.

  • Be a bit more flexible with your pumping schedule. “Recognize that pumping sessions don’t have to be evenly spaced,” says Casemore. “You can fit in sessions whenever you need to, as long as you don’t go too long between sessions.”
  • Accept help from others. If you have family or close friends nearby, take them up on their offers to help with your bundle of joy. They can feed your baby the pumped bottles, help with meals, or just hold your little one for awhile so that Mom can get some well-needed rest. If you don’t have family or friends nearby, try to stretch your budget to allow for some cleaning help, take-out food, and babysitting when possible.
  • Let go of your expectations when the baby is young. If you’re not tripping over things on the floor, the food coming out of your kitchen is healthy and hygienic (even if it’s cereal and milk with an apple), and you have clean clothes to wear the next day, you’re doing fine.
  • Connect with other EPing moms for support. Other mothers have gone through the same issues, and they can share ideas that worked for them.

Issue #3: Emotions

Many moms who consider EPing truly wanted to breastfeed, and they may be crushed when they find out that doing so is not possible for them. “The lost expectations of a breastfeeding relationship can be difficult to come to terms with,” says Casemore. “Recognize the loss and the need to grieve it. Then refocus on what you are doing and on the successes you have had.”

Whatever your reason for considering EPing, don’t dismiss it out of hand. It’s a valid and valuable option for mothers who find it difficult or impossible to breastfeed, and would like to provide their baby with the benefits of breastmilk.

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