My daughter is 10 1/2 weeks old and I've been almost exclusively pumping because breastfeeding would take 1 hour, she would fall asleep, then wake up 30 minutes to an hour hungry again during the first few weeks and I couldn't handle it. I started supplementing with pumped milk after feeding only 10-20 minutes, then dropped the breastfeeding because breastfeeding plus pumping every 2-3 hours around the clock was too exhausting.
I got inspired by the post "Getting back on the breast at 12 weeks - need help / advice!" today.
I am pumping 10 ounces in the morning, and 3 ounces every 2 hours, 7 more times during the day (total of 36 ounces a day). The baby sleeps from midnight to 7am every night so I'm better rested. She drinks about 4 ounces 7 times a day.
I am aware this may change when I start breastfeeding again.
I want to stop pumping cold turkey and exclusively breastfeed.
Is this possible? I wonder how long it will take? I know it will be really really hard! I need encouragement!
Just now I breastfed her for an hour. My biggest fear is not enough milk. My let down seems to be only every 20 minutes, so I had 3 letdowns during this feeding. At the end of an hour she seemed really frustrated and started crying and refusing the breast. She seems happy and ok right now. Should I offer her a bottle? Wait until next time she is fussy and try feeding her again?
Sorry I need hand-holding right now, I'm so anxious. I assume we'll be up all night together breastfeeding for the next few weeks...