Hi ladies -
Here is my situation; I'm hoping to get some helpful advice.
My little hippo (a name earned because she is hungry hungry!) has just turned 3 months. She has quite the robust appetite. I returned back to work last Monday, and am able to pump four times a day at work, making on average 16 ounces throughout the day.
During my maternity leave, I had stockpiled nearly 120 ounces of frozen milk, which unfortunately was blown through during 3 overnights away (darned Paul McCartney concerts...). Now, I'm down to 30 ounces frozen as my emergency stockpile, and I'm barely meeting her needs during the day with my 16 ounces of freshly expressed BM from the day prior.
So, long story short - I'm really afraid I won't be able to keep up with her needs, and I will be forced to supplement. I REALLY do not want to use formula, as I find it repulsive. I was hoping to exclusively BF for 6 months, following the WHO recommendations, before introducing solids. And, I am on the side that considers rice cereal to be worthless and non-nutritive, so I'd like to avoid that.
However, which is the lesser of two evils? Obviously, at 3 months I can't yet put her on any solids, but if I can barely keep up with her robust appetite (and let's assume my frozen store gets us to the 4 month mark), do I supplement with formula on an as-needed basis, or do I do the dreaded starch-only rice cereal? Or can I avoid rice cereal and do something else?
I just hate to be in this bind. I wanted so badly for her to only have BM until the 6 month mark, but it doesn't seem that will be possible.
What would you do?