Re: Almost afraid to post this here, but need to know if I'm alone in doing this.
It sounds like you are doing a fantastic job, mama. Your supply will definitely adjust to your new pumping schedule. I know it's not preferred to supplement with formula, but sometimes it is necessary. If you can pump enough to be able to stop supplementing that will be great! If you need to keep the supplements around just in case, it's not the end of the world.
Some other things you might be able to do to increase your pumping output are breast compressions, looking at pictures of baby while you pump, eating oatmeal, taking herbal supplements like fenugreek or mother's milk tea.
You are not alone in doing this. I was never able to pump enough to get my daughter through the day without me so we supplemented with formula every day until she was around 1 and stopped taking the bottle. She continued to nurse any time we were together- mornings, evenings, nights and weekends and I never had any supply troubles during those times (I made sure never to use formula or my expressed milk when I was available to feed her), I just didn't respond well to the pump.
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