Re: Pumping and Formula...
If you're going to EP, you'll probably want to invest in a hands free pumping bra (I jerry-rigged something for myself). Pumping will go a lot faster if you can find a way to double pump.
Originally Posted by @llli*cassakane
The highest and fastest settings on your pump are not necessarily the best settings. Perhaps try adjusting the settings during the pumping session. Sometimes my milk would letdown more quickly if I pumped on a slower setting for awhile then increased it to a quicker setting, or vice versa. Pumping for awhile on a lower suction setting and increasing the suction later in the pumping session also helped sometimes. Sucking patterns change during a feed when a baby nurses, and sometimes trying to mimic that can help bring on a letdown. Make sure to do breast compressions while you pump. And, as always, Mommal has given really great suggestions on helping reduce the pumping workload.
Also, I have it set on the highest suction and the fastest setting...still takes about half an hour to finish pumping one breast.
As for introducing the formula, I think Mommal is right that your current approach, mixing it with breastmilk in order to try to get your baby to accept the taste (maybe try an even higher breastmilk to formula ratio to start ) is the best approach. That's how my SIL got her kids to drink cow's milk. It probably won't be easy, but just keep offering a small mixed bottle periodically and try not to stress out too much about it - your baby picks up on your stress which only makes things worse.
I also agree that we're not anti-formula here. We just want to support successful breastfeeding and unnecessary formula tends to sabotage breastfeeding efforts. When it is necessary, formula can be a lifesaver - quite literally - and no one is opposed to that.
K. Sophia - Mama to my little lactivore, the amazing Mr. X (11/10).