Let me preface this post by saying that I do not want people to tell me to keep trying, so if that is your first thought, just keep it to yourself, please!
Okay, so I’m throwing in the towel on pumping. I have tried everything and cannot get it to work for me. Well, I can get about .5 oz TOTAL after pumping for 20 minutes each on each breast (Yea, cause I have 40 extra minutes to do that). If a baby needs 3oz for a bottle (to start), then I would have to pump SIX times just to fill one bottle (and 3 oz may not be enough (per the lactation consultant)). I have tried lots more water, food, lactation consultants, bigger flanges (per the LC), relaxing, sitting, standing, staring at my baby, pumping in the morning, pumping in the afternoon, pumping at night… nothing works for me. This is a possibility (from what I’ve read on some breastfeeding threads) so no one tell me that I just need to try this or that. It’s over. I’ve given up!
So, since I am no longer going to try and pump, I have a question for those of you out there who may have the same problem, or who just didn’t want the hassle of trying to pump. If you supplement (meaning, you let your husband or family member feed the baby every now and then so you can do things) with formula. How often do you do it? Does your baby seem to like/dislike the formula more than breast milk? What kind of formula do you use?
Any help would be greatly appreciated! Not sure I’m going to supplement with formula yet, but I imagine that sometime in the next five months (before solids) I’m going to want a bit of a break to take a bath, tweeze my eyebrows, or bake a cake. (mmm.. cake)