It's possible but it takes dedication like you won't believe! At 7 weeks, my son lost over 2 pounds and was hospitalized for failure to thrive. The reasons were many fold. My supply was affected by some major stress I was having and my son has a very small jaw. He has never gone back to the breast after we had to bottlefeed him for 2 weeks to save his life. We have tried so hard, and I am still willing to put him to the breast whenever he seems interested, but now he just bites me and laughs. Anyway, for 5 months now I have been pumping for 30 minutes every 2 hours (that's 5 hours a day at the pump) and I only get about 1/2 of what he needs each day,even though I am taking domperidone. So we have to supplement with formula. My son is 7 months old now, and I am planning to stick this out until he is a year old, but I'm going to have to stop after that. I can't see doing it for another year.
at 12:00 PM on Jun. 15, 2009