I have a 5 month old and for the past month or so I have started giving him a bottle of ebm once a day. I have done this so that he gets used to taking a bottle so that i can have some freedom from him once in a while and don't have to worry that he will starve! I also find it easier to bottle feed him in public as he such a nosy nurser that feeding him out and about is nearly impossible! I want to continue giving him a bottle a day as in the past when I do it infrequently he has not stopped taking it.
My question is... Will expressing once a day affect my supply? I usually do it for his midday feed. I am wondering if the pump is not as affective at removing milk as my baba is that going to mean that if for one day I breastfeed for this midday feed he won't get enough from me? I usually express between 3-4oz.
Also if I have a couple of days where I don't express will my milk dry up? If we are out and about and I give him a bottle, I don't express. I know that if its once in a while it won't matter but am wondering if it was for a couple of days do I risk my supply? I heard from someone that after 3 months if you loose your supply you can't get it back again.
Would love to hear people's advice/ experiences.