I am wrapping up my maternity leave and am practicing for pumping while away with the routine that I can handle during my day (4 pumping session: 1 morning, one noon, one afterwork, one before bed). My LO has become a bit of a lazy eater as we have introduced the bottle and so I will be EP from this point on. We have gone 11 weeks now with BM and some formula (which I feel a little guilty for, but hey, she is getting as much BM as I can give her).
Here is the predicament: what I pump now is only enough to satisfy maybe 1/4-1/3 of her daily needs. I am ready to give up when I go back to work, well at a bit of a breaking point anyways. 12 weeks of mostly BM has turned into mostly formula and a little BM. It makes me feel good that she is getting something from me in the form of BM even if it is very little. The effort of pumping to only satisfy 1/4 of her needs is a little frustrating. I am a successful businesswoman and support our household (my husband is a SAHD) and I want to do everything I can for her.....hence the guilt of not being able to fully satisfy her with pumping....when I am successful with other parts of my life.
I am proud to have made it this far (basically 3 months) supporting her the way I have. For the pumping only Moms, I would love to hear your support!
Please don't lecture me on formula usage, I am sharing what I do openly and honestly in this forum hoping for the support that I can get with the pumping that I do. I have already been questioned (by a very opinionated BF) once on the forum for my first post when I mentioned the "f-word"...formula that is. I don't come here to be judged, I come here for support on what I can do to provide BM in the ways that I can to my LO.
Also, I would be curious on any articles/links that could be provided for the benefits of BF over time. Everything I have read really doesn't explain medical benefits after 3-6 months of BF. I do know and agree with the emotional benefits