Re: Solids and Pumping for daycare and slow weight gain (may
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I suspect that a big part of the problem you're having with pumping is your machine. The Purely Yours is a lightweight pump, and with heavy and prolonged use like you've been giving it, it's going to wear down. I'd consider a temporary upgrade to a hospital-grade rental pump, or maybe consider purchasing a new, upgraded pump like a Medela Pump in Style, particularly if you're thinking of having more kids and think you'd get more use out of the machine.
If you decide to cut back on pumping- and it must be sooooo tempting!!!- then yes, introducing some formula is probably going to be part of the picture for you. Until a year, breastmilk or formula are supposed to make up the majority of the baby's nutritional intake, because breastmilk or formula have everything a baby needs for healthy development. It's much harder to achieve a healthy nutritional balance using solids. So until around the first birthday, you don't want to substitute solids for breastmilk or formula. You only want to use solids to complement baby's intake of breastmilk or formula.
I think a better pump and maybe some additional pumping sessions are going to get you back on track. And I do think it's worth doing- you're so close to a year! One more thing you could try would be adding in more nursing sessions- difficult with a busy, distracted older baby, I know, but also very good for supply.
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