Re: HELP - weaning but not by choice
Mama, you do not need to wean! You have hit a rough patch- a very rough patch- but that doesn't mean you have to wean. I suggest letting your LO nurse as often and for as long as possible, including at night. A nursing baby is the fastest way to increase supply, since your baby is probably a lot better at getting milk from the breast than the pump is. I would continue to top up with formula, using SMALL amounts and switching back to the breast for more sucking after the baby seems less hungry. If you have time, add in some pumping after you nurse. You were pumping 5 x per day, and while that's great I suggest aiming for around 8 times a day. You want to mimic a newborn's feeding pattern using the pump.
Now, if you do the above, I think there's an excellent chance you'll resurrect your supply. But what if I'm wrong ()? In that case, you still don't need to wean. Just continue to nurse on demand and top up with formula. You will continue to make as much milk as your baby takes, and that amount, be it small or large, will always be beneficial to both you and your baby. And at a year you can drop the formula and just nurse- by a year old many babies are taking breastmilk as a supplement to their diet of solids, rather than as their main source of nutrition.
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