I'm afraid to even ask a question about the "F" word on this forum, but I don't know where ask to inquire. Yes, I am interested in... Formula. (ducking to avoid being hit by rocks)
If this post is too huge, just scroll down to "MY QUESTION IS...." :-)
First let me say I am a huge supporter of breastfeeding, and my son just completed weaning a few weeks ago, a month shy of turning 3 yrs.
I am pregnant and gearing up for baby # 2 and the whole nursing/working/pumping effort.
I had a lot of issues nursing my son in the early months. Nipple pain (scab covered), milk not coming in for weeks, early formula intervention from doctors to overcome and then eliminate, THRUSH THREE TIMES, low supply for months, low pump output --> pumping 7 times a day until he turned 1, post-part-depression, son not sleeping through the night at all until age 1 1/2 yrs. E t c
With my son I was lucky to have a 4 month leave followed by 6 months of part time before returning to full time work.
This time around with my upcoming newborn, for financial reasons, my maternity leave will be only 12 weeks, and I'll have to return to work fulltime right away after that. I am also at a new job where the people barely know/trust me yet.
The idea of pumping 7 times a day every day for 9 months while trying to impress new bosses and fight depression.... I just don't think I can handle it.
OKAY THAT was all my justification so you can try to not judge me. :-)
But I thought I could ease my pumping burden by bringing in some formula.
I.e., plan to pump 3 or 4 times a day maximum, and leave my milk AND formula for the baby. I'm still willing to night-nurse while working full time as well up to the year at least. Although my husband is already strongly opining that I need to plan on getting more sleep this time around to keep my sanity. (and keep the marriage probably!)
SO MY QUESTION is....
How can I include formula to ease my burden WITHOUT causing my milk supply to plummet (thus increasing need for formula and causing the balance of BM to FM to shift and end up ending the nursing) ?
I LIKE nursing (as I just did it for 3 yrs with my son) but I don't think I can mentally handle the burdens coming up for me & my next baby.