So I decided to exclusively pump after a couple weeks of BF'ing because I thought it would be easier, and because I had to go back to work so I had to pump some eventually anyway. The only easy part about it is when you have company its better to be able to feed w/ a bottle vs going into another room to BF. This is my first baby so I didnt realize how much work pumping is, cleaning bottles, warming bottles, pumping on the go, bringing a cooler w/ bottles, etc. Needless to say with my next one I will try to only pump a couple times a day to get the baby used to the bottle and BF the rest of the time.
Anyway, I am back to work now and still exclusively pumping. My DD is 10 1/2 wks old now and we have been doing formula bottles at night for a couple weeks now because my supply was not enough to keep up with her demand. Now even with the formula bottles at night, I am still not able to keep up with her. She eats approx 4 oz every 3-4 hrs and I am only pumping 1.5oz every 3-4 hrs. I have tried cluster/power pumping, eating oatmeal, fenugreek (gave baby extreme gas & fussiness), drinking lots of water, mothers milk tea (couldnt stand the taste & it didnt even work), etc etc etc. I was pumping every 2-3 hrs during the day before I was back to work but now that is impossible. I pump every 3-4 hrs now. She is going longer at night and I am not setting my alarm for fear that I will set my alarm for 2am and pump, go back to bed at 2:30 and then she would wake up at 3 and I get virtually no sleep and have to go to a very demanding job the next day.
I am pretty much out of options at this point and we are going to have to start supplementing w/ formula b/c my freezer stash is officially gone. :( If anyone has any advice it would be greatly appreciated!!!! My original plan was to do this for 6 months and I cant believe I might have to already throw in the towel. I'm so depressed!!!