So the last 9 months have been a challenge, but the last 3 months have been hell. It is all time that I can't get back. I have been under so much stress between caring for my DH, DS and DD that my supply has taken yet another hit. I've been supplementing him with formula since I went for surgery at the end of Sept. Originally I only wanted him on it for a few days. Now here we are almost 3 months later and I am still usuing the formula.
I exclusively pumped with my first for her first year and that was my whole hearted plan for this one if I wasn't able to nurse. I've been trying to nurse him but he refuses every time. I don't think I have helped at all because I constantly will start nursing then stop for a few weeks then start again etc. No matter how hungry or sleepy he is, I can't get him to latch.
It also doesn't help that we have just recently been hit hard financially to the point of needing income assistance. One of the requirements of being on IA is you have to actively be looking for work. SInce my hubby is still out from the bone infection in his toe, I get yet another thing added to my plate. Even though I am the sole care taker of all 3 of them. Now if I continue to pump then any job would have to work around my bfing sched right?
I keep wavering between stopping pumping all together and just switching him to formula or not. Then part of me thinks "hey, you only have 2 1/2 months left". The pumping is so time consuming and I already feel overwhelmed with everything else, that taking that 20-40 min to pump makes me cringe. If I don't get enough from the pump I stop and hand express until I get some what close to the amount I was getting. I just want anyone else's experience, decision, information. A little encouragement. At this point anything. Everyone around me just tells me to do what feels right for me. But at this point I am so undecided.