Re: Diminishing supply :-(
I'm thinking the large bottles are getting you into a vicious cycle where the baby gets stuffed full every time she eats, and therefore doesn't nurse as well when she's with you, leading to her taking in even more milk and formula from the bottle, and nursing even less well the next day... You get the picture.
Feeling full is not a permanent part of the breastfeeding journey. You feel full when you have more milk than baby needs, and your body doesn't maintain that state of affairs because it's a waste of energy and puts you at increased risk for plugged ducts and mastitis. Once supply and demand are well-matched, you should rarely if ever feel full.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"