Before Tate, I had grand ideas of exclusively breastfeeding my son, and the only reason I bought bottles was to fill them with pumped breast milk. But the truth is the pump hasn’t been touched since the first few weeks after Tate was born, and the reason I was using it then was in hopes that it might stimulate my milk production. Tate lost a whole pound in the week after he was born and I felt it was necessary to supplement with formula, and over the next few weeks we were consistently feeding Tate 2 bottles a day. It just seemed that no matter what I did, the babe was left wanting. I followed some of your wonderful advice and have been so happy with the results. After a few changes, he only seemed to need one bottle at night. This was a major breakthrough.
I stopped worrying so much about when he might need a bottle and just nursed him when he was hungry (which by the way, is a lot). One night a few weeks ago, after putting Tate to bed, I realized that we hadn’t given him a single bottle all day. He had fussed and I fed him and it was finally enough. My hopes were modest, but the next day, I was able to meet his needs again. It has now been several weeks with Tate only receiving a handful of bottles of formula (I am not yet producing enough to build a satisfactory pumped supply – hopefully that will be my next victory).