After 3 1/2 weeks of agony with my little barracuda girl, we decided to transition to formula a few weeks ago. Heartbreaking! but I was miserable and my little one wasn't gaining weight (by 3 1/2 weeks she hadn't regained her birth weight), so we didn't have much choice. My midwife and pediatrician both advised a gradual transition.
Of course, as soon as she started getting a full tummy once in a while and wasn't starving all the time, my daughter's latch improved. Nursing still isn't easy, but my nipples have finally healed and it isn't the sheer agony that it was before. So we're nursing 4-6 times a day, then finishing feeds with formula if she needs it. (Mornings not usually, evenings for sure, daytimes vary.) We'll do this until I go back to work in 2 weeks, then...?
My question is: I've read that it's possible to cut down to one or two breastfeeds a day, and stop weaning at that point. I would love to continue to have milk for my little one - even if it means finding a way to pump once or twice during the day, just to make sure I don't dry up. She's thriving on formula, but I'd like both of us to have the health benefits of breastmilk for as long as we can, and my doctor says we get that as long as we're still nursing even "part-time." Has anyone else done this? My daughter is 6 weeks old, and although I didn't have much milk to begin with, I'm still making some! Any tips on how to pump during the day? The first feeding I dropped was the middle of the night feed - I nurse at midnight and again when my baby wakes up in the morning, but my hubby gives a formula bottle at night. (I simply won't be able to function at work unless I get some uninterrupted sleep at night - otherwise I get debilitating migraines, and can't take the meds for them while nursing.) I'm thinking I could pump at each of baby's feeding times while I'm at work, and nurse at home... TIA!