Re: Struggling to decide
Excellent advice from the PP. If you're going to wean, you need to replace baby's intake with formula, not solids, because as the PP said, one of those 2 options is supposed to make up the majority of baby's diet until the first birthday.
I personally would not wean at 6 months. At most, I'd combination feed: that is, breastfeed when you're with the baby, provide as much breastmilk via pump as is possible or as much as you can bring yourself to pump given the time and energy it takes to pump, and make up any shortfalls with formula. And I would certainly do as the PP suggested and stop the top-ups at home, because at 6 months a baby should be fully capable of nursing without needing a top-up afterwards. It's possible your baby has come to expect them, and that's causing her to be lazy at the breast, but the best way to deal with that is to phase out the bottles and help baby to learn that she has to work at the breast, not just fool around and wait for the bottle to make her life easy.
I can completely understand how exhausted you must be from all the pumping. What sort of pump are you using? When you say your arm and shoulder hurt, I have to wonder if you've been using a manual pump?
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