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Cast Your Vote:

    • EBF is feeding from the breast only. -- Votes: 12
    • It's EBF as long as baby exclusively receives breast milk. -- Votes: 23
What do you consider EBF? Christan_89 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8043 posts
4th May '13

I know.. it seems simple. Lol. EBF=exclusively breast feeding. But I was telling my friend the other day about how I'm having a hard time pumping at work, but I want to continue to EBF Dd for as long as possible and she was like "Well... you're NOT EBF... because she's bottle fed a lot of the time." Which I suppose is true. So it made me wonder... do you consider EBF ONLY actually feeding the baby from the breast, or receiving ONLY breast milk? Just curious. :)

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46847 posts
4th May '13

In my opinion... only feeding them breastmilk. No formula.
I don't think it matters if its pumping? By definition though.. is "breastfeeding" only when baby is at the breast? If so.... I suppose EBF would mean only "breastfeeding."

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6830 posts
4th May '13

Tricky question. :) I'm going to go with only feeding with the breast because the abbreviation is for 'exclusive breastfeeding'. I mean i pumped for my first son and they're still getting all the good stuff. Technically it doesn't make much of a difference either way. I actually think that pumping is a lot more work than EBF. ;)

Juggernog-aholic 4 kids; 2 angel babies; P, AR, United States 20227 posts
4th May '13

I think it's receiving only breast milk.

Supafly★ 2 kids; Poland 14113 posts
4th May '13

She's right, you're not exclusively breastfeeding. But the baby is exclusively getting breast milk so that is just as good.

lilmzzgreeneyez *NMOA* 21 kids; Sherwood, Arkansas 17987 posts
4th May '13

as long as baby is recieving only breastmilk. doesn't matter if its from a bottle, sippy or straight from the tap. its still exclusively breastfeeding.

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
4th May '13

I think the pumped milk can be considered EBF. I mean what else are you going to call it? Breastfeeding with bottles of pumped breast milk. BFWBPM. Yeah, that just seems confusing lol.

Adriana's Mami♥ +1 Due December 14 (boy); 33 kids; Ontario 3858 posts
4th May '13

When I breastfed my DD it was only through pumping since she wouldn't latch on but if someone asks me I say yes, she was EBF. Does it make my milk any less good than breastmilk from the breast? I would pump and feed right after so it was still just as fresh.

Big D! Due October 7 (boy); 1 child; Escondido, California 9518 posts
4th May '13

Breastfeeding means feeding from your breast. Bottle feeding breast milk is second best.
The WHO has a list that says what they recommend to maintain exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months that includes, "No use of bottles, teats or pacifiers".

user banned 33 kids; Blytheville, Arkansas 7534 posts
4th May '13

I can see where she's confused. The exact opposite of breast feeding IS bottle feeding after all. However, when someone tells me their baby is exclusively breast fed, I assume that they get just breast milk by whatever means. At least you're making the effort!

Christan_89 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8043 posts
4th May '13

Oh, don't misunderstand... I don't feel badly for bottle feeding. I breast/bottle about 50/50. I just have to work... so ya know. Lol. I wish I didn't have to pump because it's SOOO much work... I feel like you almost have to be even more committed to keep up pumping and feeding.... It was so much easier when I was at home!

user banned 33 kids; Blytheville, Arkansas 7534 posts
4th May '13
Quoting Asher and Haddie's Mommy:" Oh, don't misunderstand... I don't feel badly for bottle feeding. I breast/bottle about 50/50. I just ... [snip!] ... like you almost have to be even more committed to keep up pumping and feeding.... It was so much easier when I was at home!"


Well, yeah! Going back to work is one of the main reasons women quit bfing earlier than intended. Pumping is a LOT more work and a lot of stress on your tatas. You just whip them out if you're not pumping lmao.

TaliaKristine♥ 2 kids; Round Rock, Texas 1570 posts
4th May '13

My daughter is getting nothing but breastmilk, her dad and i arent together so when her dad takes her for a couple hours once a week he has my pumped milk to give her. She gets 1-2 bottles of pumped milk a week If that at all. So yes, I consider her EBF. I don't think the fact that shell drink my milk out of a bottle once a week really changes that..

Supafly★ 2 kids; Poland 14113 posts
4th May '13
Quoting Asher and Haddie's Mommy:" Oh, don't misunderstand... I don't feel badly for bottle feeding. I breast/bottle about 50/50. I just ... [snip!] ... like you almost have to be even more committed to keep up pumping and feeding.... It was so much easier when I was at home!"


Call it whatever you want. It's a relative term, and you're still doing the best thing for your baby.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44071 posts
4th May '13

I say as long as its bm. Cause how many people ACTUALLY have NEVER bottle fed pumped milk? Most people even for a night out have done a bottle. So therefore almost noone would ebf.