One big thing that happened in Tennessee:
We bought formula and started giving some of it to Leo. Leo had started waking up earlier and earlier – 4am early – and we couldn’t figure out why our 11 to 12 hour sleeper was now only going 8 or 9 hours. We started to suspect that he might not be getting enough milk during the day. My supply has always been pretty low – making just enough for Leo with only a bit extra to pump and freeze – so I was pretty confident that it was probably a supply issue on my end. I’m still nursing, but we give Leo a formula “chaser” after every feeding. Generally he takes anywhere from 2 to 4 ounces in addition to nursing (sometimes more… occasionally less), which solidifies that he needed the extra milk.
Still, adding formula in was an emotionally tough one for me. While I wanted what was best for Leo, I was frustrated that I wasn’t able to provide it for him. I have nothing against formula, but since I want to breastfeed and I’m fortunate enough to have the availability to do it (working from home), it was hard to not be able to meet his need.
That being said, adding in formula has also been really freeing. Worrying about my supply and trying to keep it up was getting really draining for me. I was trying to get up at 5am every day to pump to have milk to freeze. If I missed a morning, I would be worried that I was either 1) going to mess up my supply or 2) not have enough milk in the freezer. I would feel really guilty about missing a session. I’ve also been taking supplements to try to increase my supply (with mixed results). And every feeding I would try to gauge if Leo was getting enough. It’s been really nice to be able to not worry as much, not be so anal about getting pumping sessions in, and be confident that one way or another, Leo is getting enough milk.
We went with Parent’s Choice (Walmart’s brand). Dave did some research and found that it measured up comparably to other formula brands. I’m not sure we’re married to this one (I have a coupon for Similac), but we’ll probably stay with it if it’s the cheapest. And luckily, Leo doesn’t seem bothered by the addition. He takes the formula just about as easily as another bottle!
What kind of milk do you drink? I’m a skim milk girl all the way (everything else tastes too “thick”) but Dave is more 2%. Growing up we drank powdered milk, so I think that’s why I only like skim.