Has anyone ever changed from formula feeding to breastfeeding? What was your experience like? What were your challenges? Were you successful?
My DD is 18 days old and has been formula fed since birth. We chose to formula feed because I was taking lamictal (lamotrigine) for my bipolar disorder. I have been on the medication since 2011 And was taking it throughout the pregnancy. I counteracted the potential birth defects by taking an extra high dose of folic acid.
I tried to wean off the medication throughout the pregnancy so that is could breastfeed but around 34 weeks I had an episode and had to increase the dose slightly. That was when we decided to formula feed.
Since DD has been born we've been rethinking that decision. Particularly since I ended up having a c-section and she already seems to have sinus issues. We really want to give her the best start possible.
To prepare over the last week and a hald I have been trying to hand pump my breasts but I find it difficult to make time because DD is very fussy and hates to be put down in her crib. I manage once or twice a day for about 15 min on each breast but I still seem to only be getting drops out. DD is drinking 2+ oz of formula per feed, sometimes 4oz. How do i know if I'm doing it correctly? Will I be able to produce enough for her? When will the real milk come in?