Sara - posted on 03/05/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )
My daughter Emma was born on 10-22 and I have exclusively breastfeed since then. I have also been pumping to have a "freezer stock" in case my husband and I ever want to go to dinner alone, etc. It seems that recently my milk supply is dwindling. I know Emma is getting enough to eat, as she continues to gain weight, but once she is done nursing, I have nothing left to pump! I was usually able to get on average 4-6 onces pumped at a time (I normally would only pump once, maybe twice a day if I had time). Now if I try to pump, no matter if it's been 3 hours since she's nursed, or right after she's nursed, I can MAYBE get an ounce. It's hard because she started cereal last week and I really want to be able to mix the cereal with breastmilk, but I have literally used up all of my 1 and 2 ounce freezer bags of milk and like I said before, I can barely get anything out when I try to pump enough to mix in her cereal.
I also want to add that I work (I'm a Social Worker) on an "as needed" basis... which is rare. Since she's been born, I've only worked 4 days. But I do have two days coming up and I'm nervous that I won't have enough breastmilk for my mom to be able to give her while I'm working. The previous 4 days that I worked last month used up quite a bit of my frozen supply.
Sorry this is so long... but my question is this: If I am going to have to supplement with formula, should I go with a milk based or a soy? I know we're going with organic, but I was just wondering which would be the easiest transition from breastmilk? I was planning on asking my pediatrician this past Monday at Emma's 4 month well check, but due to the massive amount of snow we just had, it is postponed for a while. I'm honestly hoping that somehow my milk will start "flowing" like it used to, but just in case, I want to be prepared!
Thanks in advance!