I just learned a few days ago that I am unexpectedly 5 1/2 weeks pregnant (we needed ivf for the DD, and I'm breastfeeding with no formula supplementation, so I didn't really think that was possible!)
The first thing that tipped me off to being pregnant was a HUGE drop in supply. I pump at work and had been keeping up with her fairly easily. But now I pump 3 times and can only get 6 oz total (I used to get 12)! In addition to difficulty pumping, she also has started rejecting nursing, which is causing my supply to tank further. Plus now when she nurses she's not getting enough, and I have to switch sides back and forth and compress for every last drop. On top of all of that, it's really painful to pump and nurse because they're so sore.
I don't know what to do! I'm not comfortable taking any supplements while pregnant. And between the fatigue, soreness and nausea I don't think I can add anymore pumping sessions. I think I'm going to have to throw in the flag and supplement with formula.
I just feel kind of robbed of the BFing experience. Everything was going so well and I wanted to continue until she was 2. And while I'm happy I'm pregnant, I'm sad about not being able to continue for much longer!
I'm going to keep pumping and nursing when I can, and I have a 100 ounce stash I can supplement. I'm hoping between pumping and my stash I can last another month until I can switch to cows milk during the day, but it'll be cutting it close.
I have a million questions...
Has anyone else experienced this? At what point would you just go to cows milk instead of using formula to supplement during the day? Have any of you used goats milk instead of cows (I hear it's easier to absorb and doesn't block iron absorption as much, though it doesn't have all the nutrients)? If I should do formula, is there a best brand to use for breastfed babies or is there something specific I should look for/avoid (I know nothing about formula)?
Thanks for all your help!