I'm new here. My daughter is 8 weeks old, and I've been exclusively pumping since around Day 5 for many reasons (mastitis, poor latch, bloody nipples, etc.) I've had the LC out, taken a class, watched videos, tried, cried, and still, no luck. Every once in a while I try to put her back on the breast, and sometimes she'll feed and sometimes she won't.
I'm starting to weary of all the quality time spent with my Medela pump rather than my baby. Ideally, I'd like to simply breastfeed! Has anyone made a successful transition from EP to breastfeeding? If so, any tips? The big thing I'm scared about is messing up my milk supply, which I've tried so hard to build by pumping 5-7x daily for 20 minutes each time. I get about 18-24 ounces a day, and I supplement with a bottle or two of formula when the BM is short or if our pumping vs. baby hunger timing is off.
When I've tried to BF my baby, she doesn't get much out (if anything) despite the relatively adequate supply, and then I'm thinking I need to pump to make sure I keep my supply up. This easily doubles the time on the pump/breast, and I don't know that I can keep up both regimens without exhaustion.
Thoughts or ideas? I welcome your experience!