Nope, I haven't breastfed exclusively. Nope, Connor has gotten oodles of formula. But I've been waiting to make a celebratory thread for a long time, and I still feel like I deserve it.
I started to exclusively pump when my poor sweetie stopped latching on after we moved to Chicago around 8 weeks. As far as breastfeeding, I still try. I am still holding out hope.
Pumping wise, I have quintupled my supply. I was pumping enough for a little more than one bottle (4 oz) in January, and am now averaging about 20 oz (5 bottles) when he has 8-9 total in a day!
I am single, and a student, and I had very little support. To anyone who feels like their milk supply is gone- you can bring it back! I'm not sure if I ever had a full supply, and one person diagnosed me with Insufficient Glandular Tissue. I think I got written off by alot of people since I have small breasts and flat nipples. But considering how much of an increase I've seen by pumping alone, clearly my breasts are fine and clearly I can produce enough milk, especially if Connor was nursing.
I am dreaming of being able to produce enough for him. But for all intents and purposes, when Connor goes to the doctor's and they ask if he is still getting breastmilk, I can give a resounding yes.
And happy half birthday to Connor :P