Post # 1
DS is 8 months now. For the last month we’ve been supplementing with formula. 2-3 bottles a day. After I got sick and spent a weekend sleeping and using pumped milk, my supply dropped drastically and I have’t gotten it back. I try to nurse as much as possible and am still pumping in the am, at work, and before bed. Trying to fit in a pumping session in the morning and before bed is becoming a huge pain. I don’t have much time in the mornings and it takes an hour to pump before bed.
I want todo what is best for my son and I pictured nursing him well past a year. But I just don’t know how much longer I want to deal with the stress of trying to get my supply back. I’m thinking about trying to nurse and pump as much as I can this weekend while drinking mothers milk tea and taking fenugreek and seeing where I stand on Monday. I know formula isn’t bad, and it even seems like DS makes more eye contact while taking a bottle rather than nursing.
Any words of encouragement? Has anyone had a huge supply drop and been able to come back from it?
Post # 3
Do you think you could nurse DS when you are with him either when you normally pump in the morning and after work at night, and then not worry about pumping and he could have formula when you aren’t there? It seems like the stress of nursing, pumping and supplementing is getting you down, so maybe drop the pumping? Either way, you’ve done a great job getting this far with breast feeding. Your son will have gotten a lot of benefits from it. So don’t beat yourself up about it.
Post # 4
((hugs)) You are a good mother. Remember this, first and foremost. Your son has benefitted from your dedication for the past 8 months, so please don’t feel bad if you make the switch to full-time formula now. I switched at around 5-6 months (after pumping exclusively b/c of BF’ing issues), and it was amazing to me how much more time I had to dedicate to my son when I wasn’t chained to a pump for hours a day. Our pediatrician was perfectly fine with the decision, and especially in your case, your little one is getting plenty of nutrients from other foods. Get a formula recommended by your doc, supplement with vitamins if necessary, and try not to stress about it. It will be okay no matter what you decide.
Post # 5
I second what the previous poster said. You’ve nursed your son for a very long time — 8 months is incredible! You should be proud for persevering as you did, for wanting to persevere further, and for the benefit that you’ve already given to your son.
If you don’t want to give up, you don’t have to. But if you want to, don’t look at it as “giving up.” Rather, look at is as a transition that will free you up to be an even better mother in different ways.
Allow yourself to do whatever it is you need to do.