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I did that! Even though I work full time, I was able to keep breastfeeding until about 29 months. I can tell you what worked for me...but I'll have to come back and do it when I have more time and can give a more detailed answer.
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I really liked the vent air bottles I think playtex makes them. I tried them all. Most moms I knew used dr browns or those larger boob shaped ones but for some reason the vent airs worked the best with my second. Each baby is different so I would find one that works and stick with it. My first preferred these random latex nipples we found a the dollar store and of course had a heck of a time finding when we needed more. He only wanted boob though and my second son could have cared less about drinking straight from the tap! He was grabbing food out of our hands at 4 months! He is a huge child though, 2 years old and the size of some 5 year olds! Size 11 feet!!!
I would try multiple different bottles because some babies are picky. My girls always liked the Ventair bottles. As for pumps, I have the Medela and love it. It came in a backpack, which made it easy for carting back and forth to work.
Mommy to Jasmine (17), Kirsten (14), Ana (12), Katie (3), Xavier (1), and Gunnar (born 10-15-14)
I used a Medela pump in style advanced, which I highly recommend if you're going to be doing a lit of pumping. It had good suction, and seemed to hold up to LOTS of pumping.
If you're going to have to give bottles at some point, I recommend not waiting too long to introduce them. Some say wait six weeks to avoid confusion, But I've heard stories of babies really struggling or refusing bottles when they waited until six weeks. With my little girl, we had to give her bottles a few days after birth (I ended up in the ER and DH had no choice), and there was never any confusion among breast, bottle or paci. We tried to give her a bottle at least once or twice a week even when I was still on maternity leave, just to make sure she was used to it when she started daycare.
I pumped some while on maternity leave to try to build up a stash of frozen milk. I used Lansinoh storage bags. I liked them because you can freeze them flat & stack them up in the freezer.
As for bottles, we used Playtex DropIns. I agree that it'll probably be trial and error to see what works.
I had great milk supply in the beginning. I went back to work at 3 months, and for a while my supply was fine. Around 5 or 6 months, I started noticing a drop in supply, and I had to work to keep it up. Plenty of water & calories, lots of oatmeal, brewers yeast, pumping And BF as much as possible. But part of my problem was that I didn't have enough time to pump at work. Luckily that will be better this time. The other thing, though, was that my girl started sleeping through the night around that time, so that had an impact on my supply. I tried to get up and pump during the night, but had a really hard time doing that.
We did end up supplementing formula sometimes...not every day, but sometimes one daycare bottle per day. But ultimately I did pump until 12 months. After that, we breastfed at home, and she ate solids at daycare. We continued that for a long time. Eventually we got down to one session before bedtime, and then she weaned around 29 months.
It was a challenge, for sure, but worth it for us.