Thank you to everyone when I posted awhile back about an abcess I had in my breast for all the encouragement and information. It wasn't a problem at all to keep nursing my son after I had it drained, even though the surgeon told me not to nurse him for a couple of days. I was able to nurse him about an hour after the surgery with no problems or pain. So, if anyone ever has to have that done, you can totally keep nursing...no problem even if they tell you not to!
I was just wondering about something with my supply. I think I've messed up here. My son (5 months) was refusing any bottles, so about 2 months ago when my husband got home from deployment, we started trying them and he began to take them. We were giving him about 2 or 3 a day, with mostly expressed breastmilk and little formula. Eventually, he would take either breast or bottle and seem satisfied. As my body seemed to adust (even though I was pumping whenever he had a bottle) and I made less milk at those times, we gave him mostly or all formula in those bottles. He now will take either breast or bottle, but sometimes he is very fussy until my milk lets down and I give up and give him a bottle.
Will my body stay adjusted to more spaced out feedings, or should I worry about my supply dwindling even more? He pretty much wants to eat/nurse around every 3-4 hours during the day which works very well for us both. He's not a very fussy baby at all. He gets VERY impatient for let-down lately and I'm starting to feel concerned that it will lead to an all out rejection of nursing (except his before-bed nursing time...he really seems to like that for comfort). Although I don't mind him having a little formula, I really want to keep nursing. I'm afraid he's not going to want to nurse but I'm also afraid he'll be hungry if I make him nurse and don't supplement with some formula. Just wondering if I should accept being a part-time nurser or should I try to get him back the breast completely and how do I do that? My husband is deployed again and he is very supportive and encouraging so I get all worried about everything while he's away
Thanks in advance!!