Re: Addicted to pumping?
Welcome to the forum! I am sorry nursing has been so stressful so far, but the problems you describe are usually fixable. Please don't worry that you need to choose either pumping or nursing- many babies get both from a very early age and it is not in any way damaging to them! But we'd love to get you to a place where your relationship with the pump becomes an optional one.
I have some questions for you which may help us figure out whether or not pumping is necessary...
It sounds like your baby is still using the shield most of the time. Correct? If so, have you been trying to offer the bare breast more often than just 1x per day, in the bath, and how is that going?
It also sounds like you must be offering a fair number of bottles. How many bottles are you giving per day, and how often do you give them? Do you give them after every feeding or most feedings? Do you ever offer them in place of a feeding? And how much milk are you offering in the bottles?
How often are you pumping and how much milk are you getting?
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