@Camza, I'm really glad you're having a good experience! Some women really can't breastfeed, and for them, EP'ing really is such a wonderful gift to their children. I just wouldn't want new moms to get the impression that it's preferable to breastfeeding (a lot of moms seem to think this these days). It's not. Most of the positive things you list are things that I enjoyed being a nursing mom who breastfed when I was with my baby, occasionally pumped for outings or donation, and worked outside of the home. And because I was breastfeeding most of the time, I didn't have to struggle to keep my supply up as much, spend time with a machine instead of my baby, or try to juggle parenting and pumping. Instead, I just whipped out a boob.