Yesterday, 07:44 AM
:ita Excellent questions from the PP.
In general, the way you wean to formula is to slowly replace feedings at the breast with bottles of formula. Slowly being the key word! Trying to wean too fast, or trying to wean cold turkey, is a great way to end up engorged, uncomfortable, and potentially with something nasty like a plugged duct or mastitis. So you start by replacing a single feeding at the breast with a bottle of formula, and then you continue with that single bottle of formula for a couple of days. If you aren't experiencing any issues, you then replace a second feeding at the breast with a bottle of formula, and continue on With 2 daily bottles for a few days. You just repeat that process until all the unwanted feedings are gone.
If you decide you still want to nurse part-time, which is called combination feeding, you can. A lot of moms feed their babies formula during separations and nurse at night- it can be a nice way to reconnect with your baby after the workday, and it also provides the many of the same health advantages that you get from exclusive breastfeeding. If you choose to maintain some milk production, you will probably want to bring your pump to work with you, especially when you first go back. That way if you are suddenly uncomfortable, you can relieve yourself with the pump.
What sort of job do you have? The reason I ask is that there are lots of working moms on this forum, and they may have workarounds for pumping that would...