So it's a lot of extra work for me to have to pump my milk. At the moment I get between 2 - 2 1/2 ounces per pumping out of my breasts. I feed my daughter 2 ounces every 2 1/2 - 3 hours depending on when she wakes up and is hungry.
As you may have read in another thread, I tried everything. Even nursing with the nipple shield was problematic, I would nurse her for an hour, and then she'd be fussy. She wouldn't sleep, wouldn't even sit quietly. It got to the point to where I could hardly eat, drink, let alone sleep, and I just couldn't keep up with her.
I started pumping after nursing to build up a couple feeding's worth, and then switched her to the bottle and pumping after every feeding. She's not nearly as fussy, sleeps better, and I sleep better, too.
Does this make me a bad mother? I keep seeing here "Hang in there" and "you're such a great mom" when it comes to people keep trying the breast. I've even tried laying her naked on my stomach, which is hard because of my incision and my breasts are fairly large, so she ends up kicking my incision (OUCH). For one she hates being naked, even with a blanket over her. She kept rooting at the breast, and I kept putting the nipple in her mouth, but then she'd just spit it out and scream.