I posted this thread in my Feb 2016 mom board but didn't get all that much feedback. I'm hoping you ladies may be able to help me as well since this board specializes in breastfeeding topics
I wanted to EBF our daughter but this plan quickly changed when I was diagnosed with a a medical issue that requires immediate attention following her birth. I will be receiving a transplant and consequently placed on high-dosages of steriods for several months that will effect my milk supply. The procedure will be scheduled for 4-6 weeks after her birth.
I was heartbroken, and decided to EFF so that I wouldn't have to worry about her transitioning from breast milk to formula. At the time of my shower EFF was still the plan so I don't have much by means of BF supplies aside from some nursing pads.
After speaking to my husband at length about it and our LOs pediatrician, we have decided to both BF and FF for the 4-6 weeks leading up to my procedure. That way baby girl is comfortable with formula and bottles when Mommy has to begin sorting out these health issues.
Some questions I have been wondering, since I am a FTM:
1. Can I start formula with BF from the get-go or will I need to demand feed for a while to make my milk come in?
2. Can I pump right away to try and build up a stash for her before my transplant or are newly BF moms supposed to wait a while to pump?
3. Does anyone currently supplement with formula and have any suggestions on integrating the two? (I know the kind of formula will depend on baby)
4. As far as supplies go, is there any must haves I should get before her arrival?
Any advise or tips anyone can offer is greatly appreciated. Since I didn't plan on BF for my whole pregnancy I haven't spent the last 8 months preparing like I wanted to. I know the hospital will have an LC but advise from other Moms is always a plus