Some of you might know my story as I posted a forum topic in the 0-3 month category ("producing enough milk & doc threatening me"- http://forums.llli.org/showthread.ph...threatening-me).. I'm coming to a bit of a crossroads in my breastfeeding journey....
Long story short, my DD had surgery, and, as she was recovering during this time I ended up with mastitis and was forced to use formula 95% of the time (as my milk supply kind of quit on me on the affected breast and was more than a little strained on the non-affected breast)...
my daughter ended up gaining 2 pounds, 4 ounces off of the formula and the question started being asked by both the doctor and my hubby (although he has been super supportive)- why do I continue to breastfeed when it seems she's so satisfied and a majority of her nutrition (and resulting weight gain) was because of the formula? Now, while I can agree with this (I restarted and fully committed myself to breastfeeding once the mastitis subsided-- but she was only maintaining her weight not gaining for the few days I went all out with the bf'ing....
so I really wanted to pose this question to you ladies....If she's gaining so well, even if I know its:
-better to breastfeed my child (for all the obvious reasons)
-i'm against formula and my DD still has an allergy, and knowing this, her doctor's still want me to give her formula (strictly for weight gaining reasons)
-will probably cause me tons of guilt to stop (not to mention sadness)
-probably lead to her being slightly less than satisfied
-and not as easily gaining weight while I work out the kinks again
should I continue? Or should I just finally throw in the towel and give it up since it seems my breastmilk is not putting on weight like the doctors/everyone seems to think it should (since my milk certainly can't rival how fatty and filling formula is even though it's horrible for my DD)?
Thank you ladies- I always appreciate your wisdom.
ETA: I wanted to mention my daughter will be 4 months at the end of July, prior to formula had 8-10 wet diapers a day (5-6 were with stool) and prior to formula feeding was around 8 pounds, 8 ounces (at home- at the drs office it was 8 pounds 6 ounces) and in 18 days gained roughly 2 pounds (all 18 days she was mostly taking in more formula than breastmilk).