doing the right thing?

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Registered: 11-02-2009
doing the right thing?
Sat, 04-03-2010 - 6:13pm

Hello everyone. I'm having a bit of a hard time right now, and I think I've made my decision but I'm still going back and forth so I thought I'd see what you lovely ladies thought about it.
A little over a week ago a bunch of things happened all at once and I lost over half of my supply. The power cord on my pump fried so I've been making do with batteries, and it doesn't seem to pump as efficiently, I got two clogs right in a row and AF came to call. I know I could probably work to build up my supply again, but I'm just not sure I want to. My LO is 6 1/2 months and has received breast milk exclusively, but I'm thinking of weaning and going to formula.

This is a hard decision for me because I'm feeling selfish. I'm sick of clogs and being attached to the pump for 2 hours a day. It's a stressful time at work right now and then adding the stress of all of a sudden not making enough food for my baby is really making me depressed. I think I'm ready to be free of it. My original goal was 6 months and I've made that. I have a month worth frozen, so I'll use that and she'll have milk for 7 1/2 months, which i think is pretty good. However, it's not the best...I don't really know what's best to do.

If I do decide to supplement, I need advice on that too.
1)Should I try to make my freezer supply last longer by doing half formula and half breast milk for a while or does it not matter?
2)Should I mix the formula and breast milk together or should I feed a bottle of formula at one time and then a bottle of breast milk at another?

I'm also thinking of just decreasing to 2 pumps a day and going with that for a while, but I get kind of excited at the thought of weaning to nothing.

I just don't know what to do. I keep wavering in the decision.
Basically, I really want to quit but the guilt is eating me up.

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Registered: 09-14-2009
Sun, 04-04-2010 - 9:50am

only you can decide what is right for you. good job making it half a year.

Lilypie Breastfeeding tickers
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Registered: 03-29-2010
Sun, 04-04-2010 - 3:31pm

Don't feel Bad about weaning!!! I am at 10 weeks with a long term goal of six months.