LO is 5 weeks old today, and gaining well on exclusively breast milk. I do pump when possible (which is not much, since I am alone with him most of the time and he freaks out when I put him down, so I can hardly shower or eat, let alone master the complicated and three-handed task of pumping!) He takes a bottle with no problems, even if we go several days between bottle feedings. I'm feeling pretty good about my choice in Tommee Tippee bottles.
However, I hate pumping, and I'm concerned about my supply when I go back to work in a few weeks and I'll have to pump 2-3x/day. Also, I know it's early, but he doesn't usually sleep more than a 4-hour stretch at night, and that's another thing I'm worried about when it's time to go back to work. We have a few weeks left and he could change a lot in that time, but I don't want to be a zombie ...especially not during my 45-minute commute on the back roads, and definitely not once winter hits those roads.
So, I'm thinking about supplementing with one bottle of formula as his last feeding before bedtime. I will pump when he takes the formula, so I will hopefully keep up my supply and create a stockpile for daycare (aka grandma), just in case there is a supply problem when I'm forced to pump multiple times daily. It seems that formula is not as easily digested so it will keep him fuller longer and he may sleep for a longer stretch.
Does anyone have any experience with this, and if so can you offer any advice? I haven't wanted to discuss formula but I do want to sleep (and I want him to sleep better too), and as long as he's still eating primarily breast milk I think it will be ok, but I kinda need someone to tell me it's fine. Also, any suggestions on type of formula? How much to feed him (he's taking between 3-4 ounces of expressed milk in the bottle and I feel like he could probably eat more)?