I'll ask my question first then give some background. I want to get recommendations on breastfeeding during the day but supplementing w/ expressed milk at night. I know this will be tricky and is not usually recommended b/c of difficulties of establishing milk supply and issue of nipple confusion. Given that, how do I increase my chance of success? I require at least 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I would hate to have to go directly to formula - so I'm trying to come up with some sort of compromised plan.
Here's my background (sorry so long, but I wanted to give the details): I will be a new mother soon and am trying to do some pre-planning. I have a medical condition where the normal course of treatment is medication with heavy duty meds. I have gone w/o medication for this pregnancy - and so far so good. However, I may be pushing my luck and don't know how long after the baby is born that I can go w/o meds. I am not willing to take these meds and breastfeed. I know that there is a list of meds that indicate safety during breastfeeding. The combo of meds I'd take would vary between an L2 and L4, I believe -but given the changing state of information on risks and meds, this is just not a chance I'm willing to take (I'm very familiar w/ research and science).
In order to avoid meds, I absolutely require good sleep. I plan to sleep during the day when the baby sleeps, but that will likely not be enough for me. Typically 8-10 hours of good nightly sleep is mandated for me. My doctor and I are willing to reduce to 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night w/ regular naps. I have night help - and could have another give a bottle of expressed breastmilk during those 6 hours.
Given those conditions, are there any suggestions? Given the establishing milk issue - I may be able to stretch things in the beginning and have less uninterrupted sleep. It is all a matter of possibly pushing my luck - but I'd be willing to do so for a short while if needed. I don't feel comfortable more than 2-3 weeks, though.