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I think it is time for me to go to formula only. Tiago nurses more for comfort and sleep nowadays and still looks for formula after. I know my milk is coming out, I think it may not be sufficient enough for him. I have been taking fenugreek and it does not seem to be making any changes except making Tiago gasy. I know I am stressed out to the max as well right now.
Honestly I really do want to switch to formula. I've posted about it and talked to the pedi, DH, and my mom about it and they're all on board. Problem I have is when it comes time to actually do it I can't make myself go through with it because I just really enjoy BF'ing, not to mention it's free! Since we are ready for #2 though I really do have to back off so I can start ovulating again. Boob or bottle doesn't matter. You have to do what's best for your situation. I can assure you if you lined up 50 babies you wouldn't know which we're FF vs BF. As long as you feed the little boogers it's all good.
nursing is crazy stressful! if i was in your situation, my main consideration would be cost. if switching to formula full time wouldn't be a financial strain, do it. but in any case, you definitely shouldn't be stressing out about it!
Thanks for the positive words ladies. The pediatrician wants me to try to continue nursing until he is at a minimum of 6 months. I am trying hard. Formula is very expensive but I will always go without to give him the best. I will continue to try breastfeeding...part of me would lovr to soley breastfeed him. I love being the only one able to do that!! But we will see what happens in due time.
I never thought I'd say this but I've started supplementing as well. I was nursing every 30-90 minutes and he just wasn't getting enough. Now I supplement 2 feedings a day to allow my boobs to fill! There's times he doesn't want to nurse now, just wants the bottle so I'm pumping more. I'm slowly coming to terms with it and admit its nice sometimes not to be whipping my boob out all the time.
You have to do what's best for you. You nursed your little man through the most critical stages and you should be proud of that! If you make it to 6 months that's great but don't be too hard on yourself . I know just how you're feeling.
I totally relate to how exhausting it is having to nurse constantly! I know lactivists would deem me a terrible mother for feeling this way (quick, call CPS!), but it's a huge relief, between nursing and pumping 40 oz a day, for my husband to just give baby M a bottle when he's hungry-- plus it's great for them to bond. It took some time learning to accept that I can't nurse all the time (Misha flat out refuses on occasion) but, ultimately, it's a great thing for us.
Tiago will flat out refuse sometimes and if I give him formula he will suck the bottle dry. There are other times where he nurses and he will begin to play after only 5 minutes so I know it is not enough. I continually try to offer the breast. Sometimes he takes it..sometimes he doesn't and I have to end up giving him a little bit of formula. I am trying and trying to give him even just a little bit a day because I know it is best for him. I do enjoy breast feeding.
Have you tried out a shield? Also oatmeal helps my supply, I eat about 2 bowls a day when I feel like she isn't getting enough. Then also make sure you are taking in enough calories and water. Essentially though it is whatever is going to make you both happy and healthy, stress isn't good for your supply (or your health) so try not to worry about it and if you can't do that then do what will help you stress less I'm a huge breastfeeding advocate however every baby and their needs are different, I have switched to formula for one of my girls at 4 months and I can honestly say it was what was best for both of us.
Just because you supplement, it doesn't mean you have to stop. I have been giving Remy 1 to 2 bottles a day like Melissa to help allow my boobs to fill up and to help fill him up as well. Otherwise , I will be whipping the boobs out all day long. I still love breastfeeding and would love to continue what Im doing until hes about a year old. I don't feel bad at all about giving some formula here and there. Its what is best for both of us.
If you won't be able to BF while working I would strongly suggest trying to give him even just an oz of formula a day now to get him used to it. I tried a sample can I had gotten a couple days ago to just see what Avery would do. She pushed the nipple to the corner of her lips so it was running straight down the side of her mouth. I can't even say she swallowed any of it. I'm waiting for the Gentlease to come before I start giving it daily, but she made it obvious it's going to be a fight. It'd be better for him to get used to it at home slowly than all of a sudden at the daycare and it's a battle.
yeah you're right misty. I went through a couple of formula samples before finding one that agreed with him and that he liked. I didnt want to put him in daycare not knowing if he was going to like or be able to tolerate the formula.