I feel like anytime I ever read a post about breastfeeding everyone always puts a disclaimer about how they are not judging and how everyone has to do what's best for your family and what works for you and blah blah... so if you feel necessary you can insert generic disclaimer here :).
I personally think it stinks that's it's such a touchy subject. A while back Kelly from Kelly's Korner had a post about moms judging other moms and how come we can't all get along etc that I could not agree more with! I mean being a mom is stressful enough with your own insecurities, why would we want to put added stress and pressure on each other! And I spent the last 30 min trying to find the post I'm talking about so I could link it but I finally gave up...
So, I've been breastfeeding from the beginning and am trying to keep it going but now that I'm having to make bottles for Molly everyday it's becoming more and more apparent that I'm just not making enough! I am more than open to suggestions on how to increase my supply but I'm pretty sure I've tried them all!
Here are things I've tried.... eating more, drinking more water, pumping very often, although now that I'm back at work I can only pump so many times during the day, taking fenugreek, nursing molly as often as possible.
I think the best way to increase supply is to let her nurse as often as possible but that has become a problem because now that Molly is used to a bottle she gets very frustrated if I start to nurse her and nothing comes out IMMEDIATELY. Sometimes she can be patient enough for my milk to let down but sometimes she just gets so mad that she'll start screaming her head off and will refuse it! Then I go get her a bottle and she sucks it dry. Go figure... first she wouldn't take a bottle, now she won't take the boob!
When she is patient enough to nurse as soon as something stops coming out she starts tugging at it and starts crying/screaming and looks at me like, "WHY DID YOU MAKE IT STOP??" Poor thing.. so mistreated!
I guess I'm going to continue to pump as long as something comes out but supplement with formula because I'm only making enough for 3 ounce feedings (and sometimes that's pushing it) but she is ready for 4-5 ounce feedings.
So I can't decide if I should start giving her bottles of 3 ounces of breast milk and one ounce formula and eventually change the ratio of milk to formula if/when needed. Or if I should start using the bags I stored up in the freezer and giving her 1 formula bottle a day and increase the number of formula bottles if/when needed.
If I do mix the formula and breast milk, how does that work? I mix the formula with water and then add it to the breast milk and then refridgerate it? I'm assuming formula can be refridgerated and then heated?
And then what formula do i get???????? I mean there are like a BAJILLION kinds. I have some free cans that people/companies have sent me and I would like to take advantage of them but they are all different kinds. It is wrong to keep switching formula on her until I run out of the free ones?
AND FYI.. this was totally supposed to be a post about what I like and dislike about breastfeeding but my ramblings sent me in a different direction.. haha maybe I'll get to that tomorrow :)