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I'm pretty proud of myself for making it almost to 8 months with exclusive breastfeeding. With my son, I think I gave up pumping and most nursing by 6-7 months (if not 5?) and we had been supplementing from the start.
I'm down to 2 frozen bags in the freezer and my pumping is just not keeping up. I bought some formula yesterday just for security. Then last night Ingrid just would not settle to go to sleep even after having oatmeal at bed and nursing. I had pumped (a meager ounce) and of course that's when she woke up. We didn't want to try formula in the middle of the night for the first time, so we used some of my tiny fresh milk in the fridge.
Tonight we gave her 2 oz to see how she'd do. She ate it without issue, so I'm happy we've got that option now. I plan to keep pumping and I'll always feed her "from the tap" to start, but I feel good about having that option. She's seemed hungrier lately and she's only 13 lbs., so I'm thinking this might be a good way to get her beefed up a little.
8 months is fantastic! I can totally relate to your post. With Grace, I had to start supplementing around that time (can't remember...7 or 8 months) because I wasn't able to keep up the pace with pumping. I kept on BF and pumping as much as I could, but she still had maybe one formula bottle a day. Anyway...again, 8 months of EBF is really great, especially for working mommies who have to pump!
8 months is great. I am down to (2) 3-4 ounce bags. She will use one of those tomorrow and the other one next week which will get us to exactly 9 months (thanks to the holidays). Then we will have to start supplementing with 1 formula bottle 2-3 days per week. Its a little sad but I still know she has gotten great benefits.