Exclusive bf to 85% pumping transition advice
My little guy is almost 7 weeks. He has been ebf. It's been a long haul, he is an eager nurser, but he has laryngomalacia in combo with my over active let-down and his reflux. My other kiddos had laryngomalacia but they tolerated the milk flow better than he is. Feeds are ridiculous, swallowing tons of air, choking, crying, pulling. He has been gaining weight and I have him on Zantac as of yesterday, but there is nothing I can do about his laryngomalacia but wait for him to grow out of it, who knows when that will be.
He only takes one breast per feed, about every 2 hours, give or take, and every 2-4 hours during the night. I have bottle fed him pumped milk several times and while he still chokes sometimes, he handles the flow overall so much better. im using dr browns preemie nipple. I am tossing around the idea of only bottle feeding during the day and breast feeding during the night. For some reason, we have less feeding drama during the night.
I'd love to hear opinions on this, it is a very difficult decision for me, but ultimately, I want for us both to have less stress. I feel like I'm not sure how often I should pump throughout the day? I go back to work in 3 weeks part time, and I plan on pumping every 3hrs when I go back. Is that frequent enough if I do choose to stop nursing altogether during the day?
I also get nervous about being away from home and dealing with possibly having to give him cold pumped milk. He has refused cold bottle milk. Can't really warm it up when you're say, at the Zoo. And how do you keep it from spoiling on a hot day when you're out and about, say at the pool?
The thought of all these extra "dishes" to wash makes me cringe! Although, for me, being able to bottle feed in public instead of having to find a hiding place sounds wonderful. I have never been able to discreetly whip it out in public, way too stressful for me and layer on top of that a choking, crying baby...I just can't do it.
Advice on this is so much appreciated!
~Sarah, momma to