I know this is a decision I need to make for myself, but maybe others can give some advice or insight that will help me make my decision on wether or not I should go back to BFing.
Initially I EBF for about 10 days until I had to be hospitalized for a couple days with an infection. I found BFing to be somewhat stressful because one of my nipples really hurt; LO seemed to be wanting to latch on to my breast to sooth a lot of the time; plus the feeling that I was attached to my LO and couldn't leave her because what if she needed to feed. I'm also not excited at the thought of BFing in public. I know many people think it's no big deal, but I feel like it is.
Anyhow since I was in the hospital, LO had to drink formula, and continued doing so for 2 weeks because of antibiotics I was taking. During that time, I pumped and dumped. Since being off the meds, I decided to continue pumping and bottle feeding her breast milk. I've had to supplement with formula because I'm not pumping enough to feed her (she drinks 4 oz. about every 3 hours and I am pumping 2 oz every 3 hours on average). Just recently my milk supply seems to be decreasing slightly, but I know I'm not putting in enough effort to pump on a regular basis. I don't do it through the night, and during the day I try to do it every 3 hours but don't always manage. I've also heard that pumping results in less milk than if the baby feeds directly from the breast.
So now I'm debating wether or not I should go back to letting LO BF, knowing that I found the experience to be stressful in large part because she was so demanding and wanting to feed to sooth herself. Or would putting in more effort pumping be able to increase my supply enough? That also seems more time consuming because I'm feeding her, plus pumping, therefore spending double time on feeding. I'm not sure what to do. Thoughts?