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so i'm sorry if this is in the wrong place, but i didn't see a section for those who exclusively pump. a little back story as i'm sure it will come up, i delivered a perfectly healthy 9lb 15oz baby girl 3 months ago. i ended up hemorrhaging after delivery, lost 2 pints of blood, was in ICU for 1 1/2 days, in the hospital for 5 days...this as you can imagine started my daughter and me off to a rocky bf relationship. i pumped in ICU to get colostrum for my baby and to signal my body to produce milk...the NICU nurses, bless their souls, saw my baby (who must've looked like a giant in the NICU) and fed her formula w/my colostrum via a bottle. by the time we were reunited, she was used to way more liquid than i was producing and a much faster flow. i did try...i did LC appts for almost 4 weeks, we found out at the last appt that my babe is tongue tied further adding complication to our bf relationship, but she would scream every time i put her to breast...we did the SNS tube deal, i did a nipple shield...it was heartbreaking. I do realize that if i had persevered we might have gotten the hang of it but after my traumatic birth experience i was already battling depression and attempting to bf was making it worse. so i decided that the most important thing to me was that she get breast milk regardless of how she got it.<br><br>
while pumping can be a big ole pain in the rear, i have gotten used to it and know that i will keep my promise to myself and my baby girl to go for at least a year. that said i know there are many reasons to extend bf... the emotional benefits are certainly clear, but i've heard a lot of talk about the health benefits as well. its still quite a ways away but i hear so little about exclusive pumping that its hard to find support or answers to my questions. i was wondering if anyone hear knows if extended pumping would be beneficial as well...and how would that work? would i just substitute my expressed breast milk for whatever cow milk i would give her. i knew a momma who bf and when her daughter turned a year she introduced cows milk in a cup but continued to bf...so this confuses me. i don't know i can't imagine pumping for years or anything...being hooked to a machine is not fun but i have pretty severe seasonal allergies, asthma, and general respiratory problems that i want to give my child the best start i could. any thoughts on this?
 

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There's a whole tribe of us <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=462944" target="_blank">here</a>. Just jump right in - don't feel that you need to read all 1,300+ posts <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">.<br><br>
On my way out, right now (I am actually finishing up a pumping session <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">), but, there are some of us who have pumped well past a year (my DD will be two in 8 days) for a variety of reasons.<br><br>
I definitely think the extended pumping is beneficial, or goodness knows I would NOT be doing this. You'll find a lot of support in the forum linked above. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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My middle child is 3 and I still EP for him.. My newest baby is only a few months old and IM having to EP for her right now too.. but the 3 year old Ive been pumping for since he was born. He does have medical issues and that is part of the reason why Im still pumping for him but I believe in extended pumping as much as extended BFing.<br><br>
I would continue trying to put her to breast... I would also keep trying the SNS
 

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I pumped for my DD until she was 18 months and my DCP told me she wasn't drinking it any more. (Probably because they kept putting it in a bottle which she was never overly fond of.) But BM is BM - it has value for years to your child. My 34 month old is still nursing, but she also drinks cows milk. As she cuts down on nursing, she drinks more of other liquids. Nothing particularly odd about it. Just like you don't have to stop nursing after you introduce solids.
 

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I know 2 women who pumped until about 18 months with their kids.<br><br>
Each of them introduced some cow milk at 12 months in a cup - and continued to use a bottle with EBM in it. At some point their kids wanted the bottle less and less - and they weaned themselves off it.
 
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