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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? MomNextDoor 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8345 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 47006 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 6871 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 20233 posts
4th May '13

I think it's receiving only breast milk.

yo-landi. 2 kids; Kiss my ass, NY, United States 16426 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!

MomNextDoor 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8345 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.

Tks♡ Due February 23; TTC since Mar 2015; 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Round Rock, Texas 1673 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..

yo-landi. 2 kids; Kiss my ass, NY, United States 16426 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 44076 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.