Pam - posted on 08/04/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
Ladies, I need some unbiased opinions. I've been trying to BF Kairo (almost 3 months old). She latches great, never had an issue with that. But my body just doesn't make enough...period. I don't have enough of the right kind of breast tissue. Anyway, so we've been formula feeding and supplementing with breastfeeding. I'm wondering if it's time to let the breastfeeding go. I work 12 hours nightshifts three times a week, plus try to pick up extra hours when possible. So there are sometimes 2or 3 days between breast feedings. When I'm at work, I'm lucky to pump once(twice is a rare thing) during my 12 hour shift and I'm getting 2-3 ounces. But that's with 6-9 hours between pumpings. (She'll eat 4-6 oz at a feeding) Then on the days I'm off like today, I put her to the breast every opportunity that she was hungry. And she was there the majority of the day. And still had 8 ounces of formula. I know that I am her pacifer of choice. DH can hand her to me and if I latch her on she's content. I just "wonder" if my attempts to BF are starving her. She diapers aren't anynear as wet as when she has bottles all day. I know BM is good for her...but really I need someone to tell me what they think. What would you do in my situation? Should I call it a job well done and let go? Even the lactation consultant at the Ped's office is surprised I'm still going. And she done the best of all 3 of my children with nursing. I think that is the reason why I haven't let go of it yet. But the other night I ended up going 16 hours from last feeding to being able to pump. Work was CRAZY and I could not get away for 20 minutes. I was luck to go pee that night. I was in so much pain.