At first I was able to provide 100% of R’s nutrition. I was producing enough. Soon I tried to start pumping as well, in order to build up a supply for daycare, and that’s when I realized things weren’t as peachy as I had hoped. I did not produce enough to feed her and pump. I went in to breastfeeding with the plan to 1)breastfeed for 1 year and 2)not supplement with formula.
In order to be able to provide milk for daycare, we made the decision to start supplementing with formula. In fact it was my decision. Husband was great through this whole process. He knew that I wanted to breastfeed. He felt it was the best option but since it was my body he left the decision to me. So when I talked to him about supplementing with formula once a day so I could pump, he didn’t argue. He felt it was a good idea.
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I am happy with my decisions. It’s hard, I have some guilt, but I’m happy with my decisions. I feel that I provided R with a very good foundation. She had almost 8 months of breast milk. She had 8 months to get the health benefits that are found in breast milk and can’t be duplicated in formula. For that, I am happy.